SDSU, USD announce plan for joint dean

SDSU, USD announce plan for joint dean Peggy Gordon Elliott, president of South Dakota State University, and James W. Abbott, president of The University of South Dakota, have announced a plan to recruit a joint dean of education for the college of education at SDSU and school of education at USD.

The joint dean of education will be housed in Sioux Falls, which is located halfway between SDSU in Brookings and USD in Vermillion. The dean will work closely with education faculty on each campus as well as appropriate faculty in other schools and colleges on each campus to develop and implement a plan to enable each institution, individually and together, to better serve the state's needs.

"We fully endorse this plan as an additional opportunity for the two colleges of education to unite their respective strengths in service to students and our state," Elliott said. "This exciting joint venture will create a new synergy, which will enhance both of these quality programs, which together provide close to half of the teacher education graduates of our state."

A joint dean for the college of education and counseling at SDSU and the school of education at USD is a sound decision, Abbott said.

"Both SDSU and USD play critical leadership roles in educating teachers, educational administrators, school psychologists, counselors, and other professionals," he said. "Continued pressures to improve the quality of education in South Dakota make collaboration a political and pragmatic reality."

SDSU, the state's land-grant university and largest institution of higher education, has about 8,700 students on and off campus and 600 faculty members in the colleges of agriculture and biological sciences, arts and science, education and counseling, engineering, family and consumer sciences, general registration, nursing, pharmacy and the graduate school.

USD is the state's flagship university and home of the state's only law and medical schools and college of fine arts. It is a center for liberal arts education with a professionally accredited school of education, school of business and college of arts and sciences. It has an enrollment of about 7,300 students and 400 faculty members. In addition to the graduate school, two of the six centers of Excellence in South Dakota are located on USD's campus, the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the Disaster Mental Health Institute.

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