Hastings College announces new president

2011-02-26T15:00:00Z 2012-09-17T15:55:06Z Hastings College announces new presidentBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
February 26, 2011 3:00 pm  • 

Dennis Trotter will be the 15th president of Hastings College, the Hastings College Board of Trustees announced Saturday.

Trotter will begin July 1. He succeeds Phillip Dudley Jr., who announced his retirement early last year.

The Hastings College trustees selected Trotter after a nationwide search with 100 applicants. The search committee made recommendations to the board from a pool of four applicants that visited campus this month. Campus community members provided feedback to the board regarding the four applicants.

"This is the first time in the history of the college that so many people were involved in the process of selecting a president, and we thank everyone for their helpful feedback," said Bob Gottsch, co-chair of the search committee and vice-chair of the Board of Trustees.

Trotter has served as vice president for college advancement at Pitzer College in California since 2008. He previously served at Franklin and Marshall College, Coe College, St. Martin's College and Sheldon Jackson College.

He currently is working on his doctorate at the Claremont Graduate University's School of Educational Studies with an emphasis in higher education leadership.

"Dennis is an extraordinary leader and administrator who has a passionate belief in the value of a residential liberal arts education," Gottsch said.

He completed his M.B.A. at the University of Iowa and his undergraduate degree at Whitworth College in Washington. Trotter and his wife, Trina Johnsten, have three children.

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