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Alum, Long-time Employee Kent Propst Hired to Head Peru State Foundation



(Peru, Neb.) The Peru State College (PSC) Foundation has hired Kent Propst to serve as executive director.


Propst, a graduate of PSC, was director of college relations and vice president of institutional relations at the college for 20 years from 1983 to 2003. He returns to Peru State after serving the past five years as vice president for community relations at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.


PSC Interim President and Chancellor of the Nebraska State College System Stan Carpenter said, “Kent brings to the table extensive knowledge about Peru State College, tremendous enthusiasm and a positive vision for the future. His commitment to this institution and the surrounding area will serve the Foundation and our alumni well. I’m pleased Kent has chosen to return to Peru, and I look forward to working with him.”


Dr. Ben Johnson, retiring president and new faculty member, said, “Kent’s unique credentials, passion for the college and close ties to the surrounding communities made him the perfect choice for this position. He spent many years developing relationships with our alumni that will enable him to hit the ground running. We are happy that Kent has elected to return home to serve ‘his college’ in this capacity.”


Propst said, “I am thrilled at the opportunity to return to the Peru State College family, and grateful to the PSC Foundation for providing it. This is my chance to repay all that the college has done for me. With the help of many others, we can and must provide it with the additional support and resources to build on its rich heritage and history.”


Propst earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from PSC in 1981. He is currently vice chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Area Chamber of Commerce and is an active participant in the Post Falls and Hayden Chambers of Commerce. Propst also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Idaho’s First Judicial District Board of Directors. 


Propst will begin his duties Tuesday, Sept. 2.