Athletic Hall of Fame
Dr. Donald Mash (Contributor): Dr. Donald Mash served as president at Wayne State College from 1988 to 1998 and promoted the school’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II athletics. Under Mash’s tenure, Wayne State experienced record growth in enrollment, going from 2,875 students in 1988 to 4,000 students in 1991. The school underwent numerous improvements during Mash’s tenure, including the modernization of the school’s on-campus physical plant, transformation of campus technology and construction of the Gardner Business Building, the first new academic building constructed on the WSC campus in more than 20 years, just to name a few of the many projects. He provided leadership for such programs at WSC as the Rural Health Opportunities Program, started in 1991, and formed partnerships with numerous area institutions to provide more academic opportunities for students in northeast Nebraska. Mash worked for nearly 40 years in higher education.