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FOR RELEASE: Oct 20, 2003

Five Finalists Named for Dakota State University President

PIERRE – Five candidates are finalists to become the next president at Dakota State University in Madison, the South Dakota Board of Regents’ search committee announced Monday.

Regent James O. Hansen, who chairs the search process, said the five finalists are visiting the Madison campus this Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 21-22) for scheduled meetings with campus constituents. A presidential search has been under way since May to replace President Jerald Tunheim, who is retiring later this year.

 The finalists announced Monday are:

           Charles H. Davis, dean of the School of Business and Economics, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, N.C. Davis has served as the business school dean at Fayetteville State for the past 10 years. During his tenure, the school has received more than $2 million in grants and gifts to conduct economic impact studies, establish a business incubator, develop a retail plaza, and provide community outreach services. Davis was previously the state director of the Kansas Small Business Development Centers and served as the first endowed chair holder in entrepreneurial studies at the University of Northern Iowa.

         Douglas Knowlton, vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Minnesota-Crookston, Crookston, Minn. Prior to joining UMC in 1997, Knowlton held positions at the University of North Dakota, including director of a pediatric rehabilitation program and as a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development. He served on the Minnesota State Board of Technical Colleges and as a trustee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. He is a graduate of the University of Denver and the University of North Dakota, with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He completed an internship and post-doctoral work at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

         Susan J. Koch, associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. While at UNI, Koch has led efforts to integrate instructional technology throughout the curriculum, and helped gain approval for eight new undergraduate and graduate programs. A professor of health promotion and education, Koch co-founded the UNI Global Health Corps, a student/faculty service organization that has received more than $3 million in federal, state, and private funding. She received an undergraduate degree from Dakota State University, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Northern Iowa.

         Robert A. Sedlak, provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wis. Sedlak has held various administrative positions at UW-Stout since 1983, and served on many system-wide committees and task forces for the Wisconsin system. His scholarly interests include distance education, school leadership, instructional technology, and teaching students with disabilities. He received his Ph.D. and master of education degrees from Pennsylvania State University in the education of exceptional children. His B.S. degree is from California State College of Pennsylvania in special and elementary education.

         Les Wong, vice president for academic affairs, Valley City State University, Valley City, N.D. In his 5th year at Valley City State, Wong is leading efforts to require multimedia CD portfolios of all graduates and implement a campus-wide assessment plan. His academic interests focus on infusing technology across the curriculum, student learning and technology use, interdisciplinary studies, and ethnic literature. He previously was provost and interim president at the University of Southern Colorado. He has a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Washington State University, a M.S. from Eastern Washington University, and a B.A. in psychology from Gonzaga University.

The Board of Regents will meet in executive session with the finalists during their campus visits. Copies of finalists’ professional vitae are posted at




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