Name: Andy Rikli, Ed.D.
Job Title and Organization: superintendent, Papillion La Vista Community Schools
Where you went to college and area of study:
Bachelor’s degree: economics/secondary education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Master’s degree: educational administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Doctorate: educational administration and supervision, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Other roles or community involvement:
Papillion La Vista Schools Foundation, board of directors
Papillion La Vista Teammates Mentoring, board of directors
Concord Mediation Center, board of directors
Educators Health Alliance, board of directors
Omaha Zoological Advisory Council
Offutt Advisory Council
Papillion Lions Club
Hobbies: travel, reading, movies, spending time with my family, pets, video games (I’m a serious dork)
What do you see as a strength of College Possible? Or what do you admire about College Possible?
The strength of College Possible is its people.”
We have wonderful, talented individuals at all levels of the organization from our AmeriCorps coaches to our business partners and board members. It is a passionate, dedicated group with a singular focus on student success.
Name one or two influential “coaches” or people who supported you on your path to a college degree. How did they impact your life or why was their encouragement meaningful?
I had many high school teachers who encouraged me to pursue a college education. Several encouraged me to get into teaching. It was the best choice I’ve ever made. I also had several mentors who supported me as I pursued my doctorate including Dr. Ken Bird, my former boss and the CEO of Avenue Scholars.
What have you learned about the organization, higher education, or the community since being on the board?
College Possible is staffed and led by individuals who are passionate about helping people succeed! I am very proud to be a small part of the organization.
Why do you serve with College Possible? How do your values align with the organization?
I believe that education is a great equalizer for our students and their families.”
My family wasn’t able to provide the financial support for me to attend college, so I had to find other ways to continue my education including a part-time job and scholarships. I am deeply grateful to organizations such as College Possible that allow students to chase their dreams.