Becvar named dean of SWES at USD Laurie Becvar has joined The University of South Dakota as the new dean of Statewide Educational Services (SWES). Becvar is responsible for providing university outreach leadership.
She will be responsible for areas such as: online education, correspondence, telecourses, summer school, special workshops and continuing education courses. In addition, she will also provide coordination and oversight for USD courses and degree programs at outreach campuses in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Sioux City, IA.
Becvar has 16 years of experience in higher education administration in both public and private sectors of higher education.
She previously served as the chief academic officer at two colleges, most recently at Presentation College in Aberdeen. Becvar's teaching focus is in educational leadership and she has served as a consultant for K-12 Catholic schools in South Dakota.
Becvar holds doctorate and master's degrees in educational administration from The University of South Dakota and a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS.
She and her husband Michael live near Mission Hill, and have one grown son, Nathan.�