Fremont, NE~~Midland University President Ben Sasse announced today that he has submitted his resignation to the Midland Board of Directors, effective December 31, 2014.
Nearly bankrupt and struggling to fulfill its mission at the time of his arrival in 2009, Midland has experienced consecutive years of record growth, enhanced academic rigor, and introduced pioneering new models of student support and guidance under Sasse’s direction.
“Ben Sasse’s leadership has transformed Midland from a school focused on its survival to an institution that is breaking enrollment records, creating more opportunities for young people, and equipping the next generation to learn and live with purpose,” said Midland Board of Directors Chairman Gary Perkins. “When others were saying to cut and do less just to survive, Ben decided Midland needed to build more opportunities for students, create more meaningful experiences, and better support and nurture young minds so that our community could thrive.”
During Sasse’s tenure Midland became the fastest growing college in the region by moving to simultaneously expand extracurricular offerings and increase academic expectations. Since 2009 Midland has added 11 varsity athletic programs, and 12 levels of junior varsity competition. With 27 varsity programs in total, Midland is now home to Nebraska’s largest athletic department.
Sasse won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate during the May 13th primary and will now face Democrat Dave Domina in the November general election.