Past Presidents*

* for more detailed information on each president, please visit:
Dakota State University Historical Timeline

Year President Term
1883 Professor Charles S. Richardson, First President 1883-1887
1887 William F. Gorrie, President 1887-1889
1889 General William Henry Harrison Beadle, President 1889-1905
1901 Professor William W. Girton, Acting President — President Beadle on year's sick leave to regain his health. 1901-1902
1905 John W. Heston, President 1905-1920
  Bela Malcom Lawrence, Acting President Feb - July, 1920
1920 Edgar Creighton Higbie, President 1920-1931
1931 E.A. Bixler, Acting President 1931-1933
1933 Vayne Arnold Lowry, President 1933-1962
1962 Dr. Laurence Samuel Flaum, President 1962-1967
1967 Dr. Harry Pitkin Bowes, President 1967-1971
1971 Dr. Allen R. Millar, DSU Acting President  
1972 Dr. Francis Gordon Foster, President 1972-1974
1974 Dr. Carrol Krause, DSU Provost 1974-1978
1978 Dr. Carleton M. Opgaard, President 1978-1983
1983 Charles Luke, President 1983-1984
1984 Dr. Richard J. Gowen, President 1984-1987
1987 Dr. Jerald A. Tunheim, President 1987-2003
2004 Dr. Douglas D. Knowlton, President 2004-2012
2012 Dr. David B. Borofsky, President 2012 to present

Last Updated: 11/1/12