Borofsky chosen as interim DSU President

Dr. David B. Borofsky, provost and chief academic officer of Westwood College, has been named the interim president at Dakota State University. Borofsky will begin his duties on the Madison campus in early February and will serve in a temporary capacity through midyear of 2013.

In his current position, Borofsky is responsible for the academic integrity of Westwood College’s programs and curricula. Westwood, a for-profit college with 18 physical locations in six states, serves about 17,000 students a year enrolled in diploma, associate, bachelor, and master degree programs. It is headquartered in Denver, Colo.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Borofsky to South Dakota, to Dakota State University, and to the Board of Regents’ system,” said Regents President Kathryn Johnson. “His experience coming from Westwood, an institution that is highly focused on information technology and computer-related degrees, will be an excellent fit for his new work at Dakota State.”

Johnson said the regents worked with the Registry for College and University Presidents, a national search firm that specializes in identifying candidates for transitional interim leadership roles. Borofsky will not be a candidate for the permanent president’s position at Dakota State.

Johnson said the board decided to employ an interim president, while it spent the time necessary to carefully search for the right person to lead Dakota State University in the future. The presidential search process is expected to commence this summer. Members of a search and screen committee, including representatives from the DSU campus and the Madison community, will be appointed in June to assist the board in that process.

Prior to his time at Westwood College, Borofsky served as president of Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash., and as a vice president and dean at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colo. He has served communities as a member and president of the local Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce, as well as working with the United Way and a variety of economic development organizations. Borofsky has a passion for working with local communities to help spur interest and growth in the arts and culture in general.

“I am excited to be chosen as the interim president at Dakota State University and to be working with the faculty, staff, students, community, and Board of Regents to provide a smooth leadership transition for the university and the next president,” Borofsky said.

He holds a doctorate degree in educational administration and supervision from Rutgers University (N.J.) and a master of education degree and B.S. degree in psychology, both from Springfield College (Mass.). He currently resides in Golden, Colo., with his wife, Mady, and has a daughter, Alexis, who lives in Portland, Ore.

Last Updated: 1/26/12