USD's Roger Kozak prepares for retirement June 30 June 30 will be the final day Roger Kozak serves as vice president of The University of South Dakota. He has assisted the presidents of USD since 1979.
When he retires, Kozak will be closing the book on over 35 years of experience in higher education administration in South Dakota, including working for the now-closed University of South Dakota-Springfield and the Board of Regents in Pierre in addition to his time in Vermillion.
Kozak first came to USD as a student, and he began serving in leadership roles before graduation. He served as the secretary and later, president, of the student senate at The University of South Dakota-Springfield while he was an undergraduate. Kozak earned his
bachelor's degree in business education and business administration from The University of South Dakota-Springfield in 1969 and his master's degree in
business teacher education in 1970.
His doctorate in higher education administration followed in 1979. He first worked for the university as a teaching assistant and went on to hold administrative positions in a variety of departments.
"It was variety that kept this job interesting and challenging throughout the years," Kozak said of his background.
He and his wife Pat will continue to reside in Vermillion, where Kozak has served as mayor for the city since replacing Bill Radigan in April of 2001. Retiring from USD will allow Kozak more time to focus on his goals for improving Vermillion over the next two years of his term.
Because he enjoys challenges outside of work too, golfing, sailing and woodworking fill his spare time.