Darren Divine | Casper College, Wyoming

Darren Divine

President
GW 307B

Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601

Contact me

Main Phone: 
307-268-2548
Email: 
darrendivine [at] caspercollege.edu

My education

Ph.D. University of Nevada

M.S. New Mexico State University

B.S. University of New Mexico

My bio

Darren Divine has led Casper College since July 1, 2015, when he became the sixth Casper College president. At Casper College, he has focused on student experience and outcomes, while highlighting Casper College’s contributions to the state. The college spans over 200 acres and 28 buildings that provide the basis for the college’s more than 140 program offerings.

Previously he served as vice president of academic affairs, interim vice president of student affairs, associate vice president of academic affairs, department chair, and faculty member at the College of Southern Nevada, and as a visiting faculty member at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

He earned his Ph.D. in biological science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas while studying desert bighorn sheep ecology in Southern California. His M.S. in wildlife science, earned at New Mexico State University, investigated the effects of artificial wildlife watering units on ungulate populations. He earned his B.S. in biology from the University of New Mexico.

With his background and leadership among faculty at the College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Divine knows the challenges faculty face in educating tomorrow’s leaders, especially during tough economic times. His focus on student experience and outcomes have led to initiatives in quality assessment, strategic enrollment planning, and setting the foundation for the future through a collaborative strategic planning process.

Students receive his undivided attention. On the Casper College campus, Divine emphasizes that students should leave Casper College fully prepared to succeed in their chosen fields, to enrich our community, and be equipped to lead and transform our state.

Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Divine has always enjoyed the west with its pioneering and hardworking spirit. Wyoming stokes his and his wife Terry’s love of the outdoors with its wildlife and beauty.

He sees the unique challenges in bringing higher education to rural communities. The Wyoming economy, with its dependence on energy, is in need of diversification, and a challenge the state has been struggling to come up with a solution for.

Divine sees Casper College as a solution and active participant in meeting Wyoming’s challenges by not only training and educating Wyoming’s workforce for the jobs of the future but enabling its entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive. He views Casper College as a partner with business and government to lead Wyoming into its new economy.

Divine has been active in Casper and the State of Wyoming serving on the Wyoming Council of Community College Presidents, Casper Area Economic Development Alliance Executive Committee, Rotary Club of Casper, and as a board member of the Central Wyoming Rescue Mission.

Casper College is a pillar among institutions in Casper and central Wyoming. Divine believes in strengthening the college’s ties with the community through engagement in college programs, training and development, and support for local businesses.