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Peru State Announces New Personnel Serving in Key Campus Positions


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Stan Carpenter today announced that the six individuals have been hired to serve in key roles at the institution.


Bruce Batterson of rural Firth will serve as Vice President for Administration and Finance. Batterson has been on the PSC business faculty since 1999 and has served as dean of the PSC School of Professional Studies since 2007.

As a faculty member, Batterson taught business law, business finance, business policy, real estate, and other management courses. He also served as PSC’s pre-law advisor, faculty advisor to the student senate and faculty advisor to the Phi Beta Lambda honor society. Batterson received the PSC Teaching Excellence Award in 2006.

Prior to his career at PSC, Batterson practiced law in Minneapolis, Minn., for 16 years primarily in the areas of tax-exempt municipal bonds, project finance, municipal, real estate and nonprofit corporation law.

Batterson graduated magna cum laude from Ripon College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and French. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Micheala Willis of Auburn will serve as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Willis has been the director of admissions and recruitment at PSC since 2005. During her tenure with the college she led efforts for the High School to College Transition Program, assisting juniors from Prague, Rising City and Shickley with the move from high school to college. She joined the staff at PSC in 2000 as an admissions counselor before becoming coordinator of admissions services in 2001.

Willis has served as a member of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, a board member for the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling for the past eight years and committee member and chair for various committees with the Nebraska Association for College Admission Counseling. Willis also currently serves on the City of Auburn Planning Commission.

Willis graduated from Doane College in Crete with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2000 and a master’s in management in 2004. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.


Dr. Jeff Ehrlich of Omaha will serve as Dean of PSC’s School of Professional Studies. Ehrlich had served as director of assessment at Midland Lutheran College in Midland since 2007 and was previously vice president of institutional research and assessment at Clarkson College in Omaha. He also worked as program director for the Master of Science in management program and was an assistant professor of technology and leadership for the College of Business at Friends University in Wichita, Kan.

Ehrlich earned a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Friends University in 1987 and an MBA in 1997. He earned a doctorate in healthcare education and leadership from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha in 2008.


Dr. Eugene (Gene) Beardslee of Norman, Okla., will serve as Director of Computer Services. Beardslee joins PSC after working for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, Inc.) since 1992 as a program manager, senior information technology manager, senior systems analyst, and systems analyst and software engineer. Prior to that he was a computer programmer and software engineer for the U.S. Air Force at Langley Air Force Base from 1983-1992.

Beardslee is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the Association of Computing Machinery. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from New Mexico State University, a master’s degree in computer resources and information systems management from Webster University in St. Louis, and a doctorate of philosophy in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma.


Steve Schneider of Fremont will serve as Director of Athletics. Schneider comes to Peru State from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont where he most recently served as vice president for institutional advancement. Prior to that appointment he was the director of athletics from 1992-2007 and assistant to the director of athletics from 1985-89.

Schneider is an experienced football coach, having served as a head coach, defensive coordinator, position coach, strength and conditioning specialist, and as a recruiter. He served as head softball coach from 1988-92 and was an assistant professor of physical education. Schneider has also worked closely with the Eastern Nebraska Community Office on Retardation as a residential manager and a residential associate.

Schneider is a member of the American Football Coaches Association; American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He has been very involved in the Fremont community with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Fremont Family YMCA, the United Way, area booster clubs and Rotary International.

Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Midland Lutheran College in 1980 and master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1985.


Dr. Greg Galardi of Auburn will serve as Director of Pre-Collegiate Programming and Community Outreach. Galardi joined the faculty at PSC in 2004 as a criminal justice instructor, a role he will continue along with his new responsibilities. Galardi has also served as an assistant coach and recruiter for the PSC men’s basketball team since 2008 and served as an assistant coach and recruiter prior to that for the PSC women’s basketball team.

A former Marine and retired Papillion (Neb.) police lieutenant, Galardi earned numerous commendations and awards during his law enforcement career. He was named Employee of the Year in 1998 by the City of Papillion, Officer of the Year in 1994 by the City of Papillion Police Department and Employee of the Year for the City of LaVista in 1988.

Galardi is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Evaluation Association, North American Case Research Association, U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the American Criminal Justice Association. His past memberships include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Nebraska Police Officer Organization, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum, He is also an associate editor for the Lambda Alpha Epsilon’s Journal of the American Criminal Justice Association and a peer reviewer for USASBE.

In addition to his professional commitments, Galardi has volunteered with the Special Olympics and has served as a youth basketball coach for more than 20 years for the Catholic Youth Organization, LaVista Youth Recreation League, YMCA, Wahoo Recreation League and Wahoops, the Auburn City Recreation League, as well as other youth basketball programs. Galardi was recognized by the Governor in both 1998 and 1999 for his role in the Special Olympics Torch Run and the Cop on Top fundraising program.

Galardi earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellevue College, a master’s degree in human resource administration from Central Michigan University, a master’s degree in business administration from Northcentral University, and a doctorate in business administration with a focus on justice administration from Northcentral University.