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Rames Named President of Wayne State College

Published Monday, July 20th, 2015

Marysz Rames
Dr. Marysz Rames served as interim president at Dakota State University before accepting the president position at Wayne State College.

In June, the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees named Dr. Marysz Rames as Wayne State's 13th president.

Dr. Marysz Rames was appointed the 13th president of Wayne State College by the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees on June 18. She came to Wayne State from Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., where she had served as interim president since Aug. 15, 2014.

Marysz Rames

“The board was impressed with the quality of candidates in the presidential search, and we want to congratulate the search committee for its excellent work," said NSCS Board Chair Michelle Suarez. "We recognize the time and commitment it took to provide the many opportunities needed to properly assess the candidates. We are looking forward to working with Dr. Rames as she assumes the leadership of Wayne State. Her qualifications match those we were seeking in the next president, and we are excited to have her join the NSCS leadership team.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the President of Wayne State College,” said Rames.  “I look forward to joining the strong team of dedicated faculty and staff to make a significant difference in the lives of students, their families, and the community. Wayne State College has an excellent reputation of being a student-centered institution committed to providing a quality and affordable educational experience that focuses on student success and regional service.  This educational mission fits well with my steadfast commitment to ensuring that higher education not only remains accessible but also provides students with a quality educational experience.”

“I, too, appreciate the work of the search committee and want to thank the members for their work," said NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter. "Upon meeting Dr. Rames, I was impressed with her ability to effectively communicate with the members of the search committee and the students, faculty, and staff that she met while on Wayne’s campus. It became apparent that she was the right person to lead Wayne State College, and I am eager to have her positive energy move WSC forward.”

Rames earned her education doctorate in adult and higher education in 1997 from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She earned her bachelor of science degree in business administration and communication studies, with a minor in economics, in 1982, and her master’s degree in educational administration in 1986, from University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo.

She has spent the past year as interim president at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, South Dakota. During this time she was instrumental in promoting a strong shared governance system, finalizing the university’s five-year strategic plan, revitalizing the university’s Foundation and actively raising funds to increase scholarships. Rames also worked with the legislature and others in several major new construction and renovation projects. 

Prior to her interim appointment, Rames served as the vice president for student affairs from 2000 until June 2015 at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings. As the senior student affairs officer, Rames oversaw numerous university divisions and initiatives, including, but not limited to, enrollment management, student success, strategic planning, fundraising/fiscal management, diversity and inclusion, collaborative partnerships, leadership development, and increasing efficiency and effectiveness for students.

Rames served as an assistant professor of education at SDSU, teaching courses in administration and leadership in student affairs; serving on master’s and doctoral students’ graduate committees; and conducting research in financial trends in higher education, student retention and completion, and affordability and access to higher education. Rames also served as the interim associate vice president of student affairs (1997-1999) and the interim director for diversity enhancement (1999) at SDSU.

Prior to her arrival at SDSU, Rames worked at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colo., and the University of Wyoming, in Laramie. Her scholarly presentations include topics such as student services, retention efforts, and working with today’s college students.

Rames and her husband, Steve, have two children. Their son, Matthew, is attending college in Missouri and daughter, Jessica, will start college this fall in Minnesota.