Colby Community College welcomed Justin Villmer as the new vice president of business affairs and chief financial officer. He began his role on Feb. 4.

"My life was greatly impacted by an accounting instructor when I attended a community college," Villmer said. "I genuinely believe in the opportunities of the two-year sector of higher education. Colby Community College provides a space where life change can happen, and I am excited to be a part of it."

Villmer began his career in banking and public accounting and entered higher education to serve as the accounting manager at Hutchinson Community College for three years. He was the assistant dean and director of finance for Washburn University Institute of Technology for three and a half years before arriving at CCC.

"We are very excited to add Vice President Villmer to our team," said President Dr. Seth Carter. "His administrative experience at two other Kansas institutions will be invaluable in moving Colby Community College forward."

Villmer has lived in Kansas most of his life. After obtaining an associate degree from Hutchinson, he attended Emporia State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business and a Master of Accountancy. He and his wife Jessica have six children that range from 10 months to nine years. Outside of work, Villmer enjoys fishing, camping, backpacking, road trips, and attending concerts.

He filled the position previously held by Carolyn Kasdorf, who began in January at Indiana University South Bend as vice chancellor of administration and finance.