Engstrom appointed USD dean of research Professor Royce Engstrom has been named the dean of research and graduate education at The University of South Dakota in an announcement by Don Dahlin, vice president of academic affairs at USD.
Engstrom, who has been at USD for 20 years, including 17 as a professor, had served as acting dean of the graduate school and director of research since September. His appointment is subject to approval of the South Dakota Board of Regents.
"Royce's work with EPSCoR, his chairmanship of the Discipline Council in South Dakota, all the great work he's done as the USD director of research were the factors that led to his appointment in this newly-combined position," Dahlin said. "We are pleased that Professor Engstrom has agreed to serve in this important position. He is an outstanding individual with a consistent record of high performance, and his experience makes him the ideal candidate to fill the combined position on a permanent basis."
Engstrom will oversee the graduate programs, research and grant activities at the university, as well as work with faculty, students and administration to further develop and strengthen research and graduate education.
"This is a new direction for the university, combining the office of the graduate school and the office of research," Engstrom said. "There is a strong connection between the two areas and they can build upon each other considerably. I'm very excited about the possibilities and look forward to working with the university community. The university's research capabilities and its large graduate program, combined with outstanding undergraduate and professional offerings, make USD a truly unique school in the region and in the country."
Engstrom earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1975 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1975. Chair of the USD department of chemistry from 1984-95, Engstrom served as state project director for the South Dakota EPSCoR Program and was president of the national Council on Undergraduate Research during 1996.