SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A South Dakota academic has been named as the newest president of Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.

The Western Community College Area Board of Governors announced the hire of Carmen Simone late Thursday evening.

Simone is the current and founding vice president and dean at the University of South Dakota Community College for Sioux Falls. She also is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Prior to her position in South Dakota, Simone served as president of Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado for five years.

The board is slated to ratify Simone's selection at a meeting Wednesday. She will assume office in January, succeeding interim president John Harms.

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