Giles Resigns from DSU Foundation

Dakota State University announces the resignation of Chris Giles as the Director of Development effective March 21. Giles has been with Dakota State since 2005 as the Director of Development and President/CEO of the Foundation. He is returning to the private practice of law with the office of Richard Ericsson of Madison.

Under Giles' direction the University commenced its first-ever capital campaign, setting a goal of $37 million. The Foundation Board of Trustees was expanded from 8 members to over 40, with those members coming from across the country. Giles also played a role in the enhanced visibility and accessibility of the Foundation and Alumni Association with the purchase of the new Foundation/Alumni building on the corner of Washington and 2nd in Madison.

According to Giles, the decision to leave was made after much thought and discussion with DSU President Dr. Doug Knowlton. "I am looking forward to helping people with their legal issues as a practicing attorney," said Giles, "but my ties to DSU are strong so I intend to stay involved with the University." Giles, a 1989 graduate of DSU, says he will continue to assist the University and the Foundation as it moves forward with the capital campaign. "I hope to continue as a volunteer for the campaign in the Madison community. This campaign is a tremendous undertaking for the University and I want to help where I can to ensure a strong future for DSU."

DSU President Dr. Doug Knowlton expressed his feelings on Giles' departure. "Chris has been invaluable as we have reorganized and professionalized our foundation board. I am very grateful for the time Chris gave to his alma mater to help us accomplish so many things in the area of development and fundraising," stated Knowlton.

The University is in the process of reorganizing some functions in the Foundation office and will hope to have a new leader in place within a short time.


Last Updated: 8/12/11