King named new assistant vice president for academic affairs

King named new assistant vice president for academic affairs The University of South Dakota is proud to announce that Bruce A. King is the new assistant vice president for academic affairs and chief diversity officer.

King's responsibilities will be to provide leadership to increase diversity at USD.

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Royce Engstrom is excited for the leadership King will bring to making diversity a priority on campus.

"The U's desire for diversity throughout campus will create a richer learning environment for our students. King's addition to academic affairs marks a major step towards that goal. We are delighted that Bruce is joining us to lead this effort," said Engstrom. "Bruce has an extraordinary background in leading diversity change in higher education and we expect him to help us think about diversity change throughout campus."

King's main goal is to develop USD's environment of excellence by working to create a campus that reflects national diversity trends.

"I'm very excited about joining the efforts at The U. I think there are already so many great things happening and it's just going to get better. I'm happy to be part of it," King said.

King brings a wealth of experience to the position. He has previously served as cultural and education center manager for the Northwest Suburban Integration School District in Maple Grove, MN, and as director of desegregation for Bloomington Public Schools in Bloomington, MN. His wife and three children will join him in Vermillion this summer.

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