Riverland names new academic dean

Published 8:00 pm Friday, October 1, 2021

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Riverland Community College has named Christy Tryus as new academic dean of business, social sciences, public safety and customized training. She started her new position Sept. 29.

Christy Tryus

Tryus has 25 years of experience teaching, facilitating corporate training, leadership/business coaching and managing a sales team. She has faculty experience in speech, supervisory management, customized training and general studies programs at Riverland during the past 13 years. Tryhus has most recently been serving as the director of Career and Community Connections at Riverland Community College, building business partnerships to strengthen opportunities for students and local businesses.

Actively involved in Minnesota State’s Equity by Design as a Riverland cohort member, Tryus is facilitating a teaching and learning circle, and is learning more on how to incorporate culturally responsive strategies into the classroom and college.

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Tryus has a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, a graduate certificate in communication, education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She received her Bachelor of Science in marketing from University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. Tryus is a certified master trainer, a Lean facilitator and a certified coach.

Tryus will have offices at the Austin campus in the East Building and on the Owatonna campus, but she will work closely with all faculty and staff at all three campus including Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna.

Riverland Community College, a member of the Minnesota State system, serves approximately 10,000 students annually through a wide range of credit-based educational opportunities and non-credit courses. Campuses are in Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna.