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University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College hires Director of Economic Development and Center for Entrepreneurship

Cole Massie Rio Grande

The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College, in cooperation with Holzer Health System and Ohio Valley Bank, hired Cole Massie as Director of Economic Development and Center for Entrepreneurship. Massie will be responsible for leading the university’s collaboration with the Gallia County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), community leaders, and other agencies to promote and grow Gallia County and the surrounding region’s business and economic development interests. He will also assist in developing a Center for Entrepreneurship at the university.

“Cole’s experience in the business world affords him a unique perspective, having worked for both a major, international aerospace company and a small, family-owned coffee shop and restaurant,” said Ryan Smith, president of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College. “His energy and commitment to improve not only Gallia County, but the entire region, is refreshing. We are very excited to have someone of his talent level working to improve the area we all call home.”

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Pictured is Dr. Stephanie Wells-Mullins, Dean of the College of Professional and Technical Studies

Rio names new Dean of the College of Professional and Technical Studies

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College has named Dr. Stephanie Wells-Mullins as the Dean of the College of Professional and Technical Studies. Dr. Wells-Mullins will take over as dean after Dr. Donna Mitchell announces her retirement after forty-years of service at Rio.

Pictured is the wind mill located on Bob Evans Farm.

Agriculture Returns to Rio

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College announced a new degree coming this fall: Associates in Meat Science. Focusing on beef cattle, small ruminant production, and the end products, students will have significant hands-on experience with livestock and meat science as well as learn valuable business management skills.

Pictured at the May 13th Announcement of the $1.4M award: Rio Grande President, Ryan Smith, Ohio Director of Development Lydia Mihalik, URG Trustees Robin Fowler and Tom Karr, RGCC Trustees Paul Reed and Mick Davenport, VP Rebecca Long, and Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia John Carey.

Rio receives $1.4M with ARC Project Power

The Rio Grande Bernard V. Fultz Meigs Center will undergo some exciting changes in the next three years. Those changes include renovation and an expansion for a training center to provide additional education programs, workforce training, licensures, and certification opportunities for unemployed and underemployed adults.


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Rio Grande's Jordan Brooks

Rio Grande rolls Eagles, gets first league win

PIPPA PASSES, Ky. - The University of Rio Grande women's volleyball team enjoyed their highest attack percentage of the season to date and cruised to a straight sets win over Alice Lloyd College, Tuesday night, in River States Conference women's volleyball action at the Perry Campus Center. The RedStorm picked up the win by scores of 25-17, 25-16, 25-14, improving to 7-6 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Cross Country Jenkins

Rio Grande's Jenkins recognized by RSC

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - University of Rio Grande freshman Tyler Jenkins was selected the River States Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 19-25. A native of Barnesville, Ohio, Jenkins earned his second RSC weekly honor of the year by winning first place at Rio Grande's Patty Forgey Invitational. Jenkins did so with a time of 26 minutes, 36 seconds on the 8,000-meter course. That led the RedStorm to first place as a team and was tops among the 19 runners in the field.

Rodrigo Portilla golfer

RedStorm men take fifth at RSC Preview

FLORENCE, Ind. - The University of Rio Grande men's golf team posted a fifth place finish in the River States Conference Fall Preview, which concluded its two-day run at the Belterra Resort. The RedStorm finished at 87-over par 655 - 44 shots behind champion Midway University. Rio was within 10 shots of the Eagles and tied for fourth place following Monday's opening round, but carded a 50-over par 334 in Tuesday's final round.