Executive Leadership

 

Executive Leadership Team

 

Todd Holcomb

Todd Holcomb, Ed.D.
President
Chief Executive Officer
308.635.6101
 
Dr. Todd Holcomb came to Western Nebraska Community College in 2009 from Iowa State University where he was the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. From 2009 to 2010, Todd served as WNCC’s Vice President of Student Services, and chaired the College's Retention Task Force. In December 2010, the Western Community College Area (WCCA) Board of Governors appointed Todd as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Nebraska Community College.
 
Todd earned degrees in Psychology (B.S.) from Truman State University, Higher Education Administration (M.A.) from Texas Tech University, and Higher Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Georgia. Additionally, Todd obtained a Certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University.
 
Todd has published and presented extensively on the subjects of honor codes, orientation of new students, diversity, academic standards, and retention. His focus as president of WNCC is the success of each individual student, the retention of current students, and fiscally managing the operation as a quality institution of higher learning.
 
Todd enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly cycling, hiking, and hunting.
 
 

Kim Kuster Dale

Kim Kuster Dale, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Chief Academic Officer
308.635.6003
 
Dr. Kim Kuster Dale joined Western Nebraska Community College as Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer in 2016 after serving as a community college administrator and faculty member in Colorado for more than 20 years.
 
Her higher education includes degrees in Business Education (B.S.) from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Management and Organization (M.S.) from University of Colorado Denver and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University.
 
Kim is passionate about the access mission of the community college, sees herself as an advocate for career and technical education, and strives to create seamless academic and career pathways for students wherever they are in their educational journey.
 
She and her husband, Randy, enjoy mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, entertaining, and spending time with family.

 

Bill Knapper

 
Bill Knapper
Vice President of Administrative Services
Chief Financial Officer
308.635.3606
 
Bill Knapper has served as the Vice President of Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer for Western Nebraska Community College since 2008. Previously, Bill was the Director of Business Services for Scottsbluff Public Schools, and held a similar position at Beatrice Public Schools in Nebraska.
 
Bill earned degrees in Business Administration, Finance (B.S., MBA) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
 
Through his time at WNCC, Bill has overseen projects that include a $6 million addition to Pioneer Hall, the addition of student housing on the Sidney Campus, a $1.5 million science lab renovation, and the current $17.33 million Scottsbluff Campus Main Building renovation.
 
Bill’s financial experience and leadership led to his appointments on the Western Community College Association (WCCA) Audit Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and Risk Management Committee. In 2014, Bill earned the Nebraska Community College Association (NCCA) Administrator’s Award.
 
Outside of work, Bill enjoys cycling, alpine skiing, and spending time with his four children and nine grandchildren.

 

Nina Grant
 
Nina Grant
Vice President of Student Services
308.635.6104
 
Nina Grant has served as the Vice President of Student Services at Western Nebraska Community College since 2016, providing leadership for a comprehensive student services division. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education student affairs, with a focus on expanding opportunities, addressing barriers, and increasing access and success for all students, particularly those with significant challenges to overcome.
 
Nina obtained degrees in Human Development (B.S.) and Health Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Nebraska, and completed doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University.
 
Throughout the fall, Nina can often be found in the stands of War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming with her daughter, Mireia, cheering on the University of Wyoming football team and her husband, Mike, who is the wide receivers coach.

 

Kathy Ault

 
Kathy Ault
Human Resources Executive Director
308.635.6350
 
Kathy Ault joined Western Nebraska Community College in January 2010 as the Assistant to the Vice President of Human Resources. In June 2015, she was named the Associate Director of Human Resources, and in March 2017 was appointed as the Human Resources Executive Director.
 
Kathy’s human resources career began as the Training Coordinator at Waste Tech Services in Kimball, Nebraska. She later served as the Employment Manager at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff for 13 years before joining the WNCC team.
 
Kathy earned an associate degree from Western Nebraska Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management through Bellevue University. Kathy is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute, and is a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Certified Professional.
 
Kathy enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her grandchildren who are very active in gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, baseball, soccer, and drag racing.