Former CSC President dies

Dr. Sam Rankin, the president of Chadron State College for almost 12 years from September 1986 through June of 1998, died early Sunday in a Dayton, Ohio, hospital following a short bout with pancreatic cancer. Rankin was 70.

Rankin and his wife Sharon had lived in Huber Heights, Ohio, a Dayton suburb, since moving from Chadron in 2007. Both were natives of Dayton.

During Rankin's presidency, Chadron State began the Rural Health Opportunities Program, became a leader in interactive distance learning, offered courses on the internet for the first time, and began offering a master's degree in business administration, and a major in rangte management. Enrollment grew by more than 45 percent during Rankin's tenure, scholarship support doubled and the assets of the Chadron State Foundation tripled.

Chadron State joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference after not having a viable conference affiliation for about 20 years and Rankin was inducted into the CSC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

Physical improvements at the college during Rankin's tenure included construction of the wood-fired heating plant, the Student Center and the Lindeken Clock Tower. and upgraded of the campus electrical system and Elliott field

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