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For Immediate Release: Monday, October 27, 2003

Knowlton Tapped as Dakota State's Next President

MADISON - Douglas D. Knowlton, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, will become the 21st president of Dakota State University, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Monday.

Knowlton assumes leadership of the Madison campus on Jan. 5, 2004. He replaces Jerald Tunheim, who has been president at Dakota State since 1987 and is retiring later this year.

"Dr. Knowlton comes to us from a higher education institution with a comparable focus on technology to Dakota State's," said Regent James O. Hansen, chair of the Regents' presidential search. "His senior-level administrative experience at Minnesota-Crookston will be a real asset to DSU, with its mission focused on computer and information systems technology."

Knowlton has been at the Crookston campus since 1997, where he is a tenured professor in addition to his administrative duties. Prior to that, he held positions at the University of North Dakota for 17 years, including director of a pediatric rehabilitation program, a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development, and a charter member of UND's Conflict Resolution Center. He also maintained a part-time private practice as a clinical psychologist at the Family Institute in Grand Forks, N.D.

"I want to express my thanks to the South Dakota Board of Regents and all the members of the DSU community that participated in the search process for this expression of confidence," Knowlton said. "Clearly, President Tunheim has helped shape a culture at DSU that is innovative and eager to embrace the very distinct technology integrated mission of the campus.

"DSU's team of faculty and staff are quite extraordinary and I am very excited to be joining that team," he said. "Higher education can and should play a major role in creating a vital economy in South Dakota. Because of its mission and the team that the Regents and President Tunheim has assembled, DSU will, without a doubt, be a key player in any successful development plan."

The new DSU president has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a master's degree in psychology, both from the University of North Dakota. He received his B.A. degree in psychology at the University of Denver. Dr. Knowlton completed an internship and post-doctoral education at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

He served as a member and president of the Minnesota State Board of Technical Colleges, and later was appointed to the first Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. He also has been a consultant and evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

He and his wife, Sharon, are natives of Sioux Falls. "It is good to have the Knowltons return home to South Dakota," Regent Hansen said. "Dr. Knowlton has lived and worked in this region-his higher education experience in Minnesota and North Dakota will be invaluable to us."

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