Riverland Community College has named Christy Tryus as new academic dean of Business, Social Sciences, Public Safety, and Customized Training. She starts her new position Sept. 29.

Tryus’ background consists of 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.

Tryus has an MBA 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 our Owatonna Campus, but she will work closely with all faculty and staff at all three campus locations including Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna.

Riverland Community College, a member of the Minnesota State system is a community college that transforms lives through excellence in service, education, and career training. Approximately 10,000 students are served annually through a wide range of credit-based educational opportunities and non-credit courses. Campuses are located in Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, Minnesota. Riverland may be found online at Riverland.edu.

The colleges and universities of Minnesota State serve students at campuses in 54 communities across the state and offer 3,900 academic programs — more than 700 fully online.