Recent organizational changes at DSU

Dr. David Borofsky, president of Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, S.D., announced the following organizational changes at DSU:  Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Education, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Judy Dittman has been named the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) at DSU. Dittman assumed responsibility of her newjudy-dittman.jpg position last week.

After an unsuccessful national search was held earlier this year, it was decided to select an interim vice president. 

“After meeting with the three candidates this spring, I determined that while each had some of the qualifications and capabilities that we seek, none were the fit I was hoping to find in the search process,” stated Dr. Borofsky. 

Dr. Dittman began her career at DSU in 1978 and has held a number of both faculty and administrative leadership positions. Most recently, Dittman became Dean of the College of Education in January 2007. She served as Secondary Education Coordinator and Chair of the Academic Assessment Committee, as well as being a leader in the advising initiatives supported by Title III.

Dittman has served on numerous campus committees including chairing the Faculty Advising Team in the summer of 2005 and most recently the committee for the First-year Intervention Team (FIT). From 1978 through 1991, Dittman coached the Lady T's Basketball team, compiling a 176-99 record and earning a place in the DSU Athletics Hall of Fame as well as the SDIC Athletic Hall of Fame. Dittman was named SDIC Coach of the Year five times in seven years (1984-1987 and 1990). In 1984, she was named South Dakota Women's College Coach of the Year by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association. Dittman replaces Dr. Cecelia Wittmayer, who announced her retirement from DSU in December 2012, and became effective June 2013.

With Dittman moving into the interim VPAA position, a vacancy was left for the Dean of the College of Education. 


Dean of the College of Education 

Dr. Gale Wiedow has been appointed the new Interim Dean of the College of Education. He is an associate professor of Physical Educationgale-wiedow.jpg and Exercise Science, and was recently elected President-Elect of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). 

Wiedow has been active at DSU since he joined the university in 2007. He has served as the Faculty Development Coordinator (2008-2010), as a University Supervisor for Student Teaching (2007 – present), on the College of Education Assessment Committee (2008- present), on the University Assessment Committee (2009- present), on the University Research Committee (2010-2012), and the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (2012-present). 

He is a recent recipient of the 2013 Alexander "Sandy" Davidson Award for Excellence in Advising and the 2012 DeWayne Mork Award for Excellence in Service, at DSU.

Dr. Crystal Pauli was selected as the Associate Dean of the College of Education. Pauli started at DSU in 2001 and is an Associate Professor of Special Education and Director of Field Services.    crystal-pauli.jpg

Pauli has served many roles on the DSU campus, including Co-Chair of the Faculty/Staff portion of the Capital Campaign; member of the University Curriculum Committee;  and various College of Education Committees including, Student Assessment and Monitoring, Professional Education Council, Secondary Advisory Committee, Elementary/Special Education Advisory Committee, CEC Faculty Advisor, and the NCATE Accreditation committee.    

She has served as an accreditation program reviewer for the SD Department of Education and is on the DOE Blue Ribbon Panel. She has been a member of the Board of Regent’s Education Discipline Council from 2003 to present, and serves as the Webmaster for Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Pi State.   Locally, Pauli is on the Board of Directors for ECCO, Inc., a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Prior to coming to DSU, Pauli was a Special Education Coordinator for a cooperative of 10 school districts in Minnesota. 


Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences 

Dr. Ben Jones was selected as the next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Jones comes to DSU from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he has been the Deputy Department Head for International History as well as an instructor and assistant professor. 

Dr. Jones has a doctorate in History from the University of Kansas, a master’s in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachelor’s in History from South Dakota State University.  He completed a twenty-three year Air Force career this summer.  While at the Air Force Academy, he taught a wide variety of history, humanities, and foreign area studies courses as well as serving on the accreditation committee and working with the Academy fencing team.  He served several years in various capacities in the Pacific, Europe and in Afghanistan.  His book Freeing France:  Eisenhower’s Guerrilla War and the Liberation of France will be released next summer with Oxford University Press.  He will begin in his new position on July 1, 2013. 

“Having grown up in South Dakota, I’m delighted to have this opportunity to join DSU and the College of Arts and Sciences,” stated Jones. “DSU is set to expand and grow in exciting ways and I’m ready to be a part of what I know will be a great future.”  

Jones replaces Dr. Kari Forbes-Boyte who announced she was stepping down from the Dean’s position as of June 2013. She will pursue full-time teaching at DSU in the areas of geography and cultural anthropology starting fall 2013.

Last Updated: 6/25/13