Former Hastings College president takes post at Midland

The former president of Hastings College has taken a position with another Nebraska college.

Dennis Trotter was recently named the senior advisor for campus expansion at Midland University in Fremont.

According to the university, Trotter will oversee expansion and use of the former Dana College campus in Blair, which Midland University acquired in July 2013. 

Trotter took over as president at Hastings College in early 2011 to replace outgoing President Phil Dudley, who retired May 31, 2011. 

On Feb. 4, 2013, Hastings College issued a news release indicated that the board of trustees had "reluctantly accepted" Trotter's resignation before the board "deliberately and unanimously" elected 1970 HC graduate Don Jackson as his successor. 

Nate Neufind, Midland director of communications, said that he did not know what Trotter had been doing since he left Hastings College. Neufind said he did know that Trotter was slated to start work at Midland within the next week. 

In his new position at Midland, Trotter will be exploring innovative uses for the former Dana campus in Blair while exploring new academic models on colleges campus across the country. 
Trotter's task will also include meeting with civic leaders in Blair and the surrounding area to understand which programs would best fit the needs of the local community. 

"Dennis is the rare individual who has spent his career learning what works in higher education and also understands that serving students in the future will require something new," said Midland President Ben Sasse. "Economic realities are going to reshape the college landscape and Dennis has not only recognized this but dedicated himself to preparing institutions to be successful for the long haul. I'm thrilled he has agreed to guide us in this process."

Midland has identified the former Dana campus as a top priority for campus expansion efforts with a goal of returning students to the campus in the fall of 2016.

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