LINCOLN, Neb. – A member of the administrative team at Northeast Community College is among members selected for the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s next Leadership Nebraska class. Dr. Tracy Kruse, associate vice president of development and external affairs at Northeast, will join 29 other Nebraskans in the program’s 13th class.
Leadership Nebraska was founded in 2006 to identify current and emerging leaders throughout the state, enhance their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing Nebraska. Participants have been selected from all across the state and possess varied backgrounds and diverse talents. All candidates have demonstrated an abiding interest in Nebraska and its future.
The program consists of six sessions covering a broad range of key Nebraska issues including economic development, health care, education, agriculture, government and policy development. Due to restrictions associated with Covid-19, the start date for Class XIII has been delayed, with orientation beginning in September and sessions concluding in April, 2021.
“Nebraska faces complex challenges in this new economy, said Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber. “Now, more than ever, we need well-informed, connected leaders who are ready to serve their fellow Nebraskans.”
In her position as associate vice president, Kruse oversees the College’s resource development, grants, alumni, and state and federal governmental relations activities. Additionally, she serves as the executive director of the Northeast Community College Foundation and works directly with a 21-member Foundation Board.
Kruse, of Wayne, leads a division that has raised over $40 million for College programs, scholarships and facilities since 2011, including over $13 million for agriculture programming and facilities; $12 million campaign for the J. Paul and Eleanor McIntosh College of Nursing building project, as well as $7.5 million to construct extended campus facilities in West Point, South Sioux City and O’Neill.