Carlson retires after 13 years at university

Carlson retires after 13 years at university The University of South Dakota's largest college will be without its longtime leader next year following the retirement of College of Arts and Sciences Dean John Carlson this summer.

Carlson, who first came to USD in 1988, has implemented doctoral degrees and has helped create cooperative learning structures enabling selected programs to stay alive when funding shortages occurred. Carlson plans to continue with his research and hopes to teach a class or two in his major field of study, mathematics.

Don Dahlin, vice president of academic affairs, said Carlson has shown great leadership and vision during his time at USD.

"Dean Carlson has done much to improve USD in many areas," Dahlin said. "In programmatic area, for example, he helped get new Ph.D. programs established in biology and English. He has been a real champion for what he likes to call 'the spirit of Arts and Sciences.'"

A national search committee comprised of USD faculty and administrators has been looking for possible replacements. Until one can be found, Associate Dean Susan Wolfe will fill the vacant position on July 1 as acting dean of College of Arts and Sciences.

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