FOR RELEASE: Oct
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.
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.
finalists announced Monday are:
H. Davis, dean of the School
and Economics, Fayetteville
has served as the business school dean at Fayetteville
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
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
and Universities system. He is a graduate of the University
and the University
with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He completed an internship and post-doctoral work at
Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.
J. Koch, associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs, University
of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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
and masters and doctoral degrees from the University
A. Sedlak, provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, University of
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
in the education of exceptional children. His B.S. degree is from California State College
of Pennsylvania in special and elementary education.
Wong, vice president for academic affairs, Valley City State University, Valley City, N.D.
his 5th year at Valley
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
He has a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Washington
a M.S. from Eastern
and a B.A. in psychology from Gonzaga
Board of Regents will meet in executive session with the finalists during their campus
visits. Copies of finalists professional vitae are posted at http://www.sdbor.edu/pres/finalists.htm.