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Central Administration

University President

Jerry L. Gallentine, BS, Fort Hays State University (1962); MEd, University of Toledo (1963); MS, University of Toledo (1965); PhD, University of Toledo (1965).

Chief Executive Officer

Ronald Shape, BA, Dakota Wesleyan (1991); MBA, University of South Dakota (1996); EdD, University of South Dakota (2001).


Samuel D. Kerr, BS, Black Hills State University (1982); BS Ed, Black Hills State University (1982); MEd, South Dakota State University (1986); JD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1992); EdD, University of South Dakota (2001).

Chief Financial Officer

Venessa Green, BS, DeVry Institute (1993); MBA, National American University (2006); CPA

System Vice President of Institutional Support and Military Service

Scott Toothman, BS, National American University (1997); MBA, National American University (2002).

Chief Information Officer

John Buxton, BS, University of Nebraska (1993); MBA, University of Tulsa (1995).

Associate Provost, Curriculum and Assessment

Marilyn Holmgren, BA, College of St. Scholastica (1976); MS, The Tri-College University (1990); PhD, University of Nebraska (2008).

System Vice President for Academic Administration and Regulatory Affairs

Jason Warr, BS, University of Utah (1994); MBA, Westminster College of Salt Lake City (1997); CPA.

System Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Rick Upchurch, BA, Olivet Nazarene University, (1977); MA, Olivet Nazarene University (1978); DMin, Drew University (1998).

System Vice President of Accreditation Services

Sue Darby, BSE, Emporia State University (1970); MA, Wichita State University (1984); EdD, University of Texas-Austin (1996).

Associate Vice President of Curriculum, Assessment & Research

Mark Anderson, AS, Community College of the Air Force (1985); AS, Community College of the Air Force (1993); BA, University of Phoenix (1995); MS, University of La Verne (1996); EdD, Nova Southeastern University (2008); MBB LSS; CQA (ASQ); CPHQ.


Tom Mahon, BS, Eastern Montana College (1979); MEd, Eastern Montana College (1985).

General Counsel/System Legal Studies Program Chair

Paul Sedlacek, BS, Business Administration, University of Nebraska (1977); JD, University of Nebraska (1980).

President of Campus Operations

Michaelle Holland, BS, National American University (1995); MEd, MidAmerica Nazarene University (2004).

System Vice President of Campus Academic Operations

Matthew Mottl, BA, St. Cloud State University (1998); MA, National American University (2012).

Executive Vice President of Academic Operations

Michael Bell, BS, Shorter College (1992); MEd, State University of West Georgia (1997); EdS, Argosy University (2010).

System Director of Alumni Services

Guy W. Tillett, BA, Butler University (1959); MAT, Indiana University (1968).

System Director of the Center for Student Achievement/System General Education Chair

Holly Boomer, BA, Chadron State University (1989); MA, Chadron State University (1990); PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2000).

System Director of Financial Aid

Cheryl Bullinger

System Director of Human Resources

Jackie Peterson, BBA, University of Wisconsin (1981); MILR, University of Wisconsin (1993); Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification.

System Librarian

Pat Hamilton, BA, University of South Dakota (1974); MLS, University of Washington-Seattle (1979).

System Director of Marketing

Tiffany Smith, BA, Chadron State College (1997).

System Director of Student Accounts

Linda Pottorff, BS, National American University (1995).

System Director for Learner Services

Meg Whiston, BA, University of New Hampshire (1981); MEd, University of New Hampshire (1982); MEd, University of New Hampshire (1984); PhD, Cornell University (1992).

System Director of Quality Assurance

Erin Van Norman, BA, University of Northern Colorado (1988); MA, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (1994); JD, University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2004).

Dean of the School of Nursing

Dodie Serafini, LPN, Pickens Technical College, (1990); AND, Front Range Community College, (1993); BS, Metro State College, (2000); MSN University of Northern Colorado, (2004).

Online MSN Program Chair

Ebony Fisher, BSN, Southeast Missouri State University, (2001); MSN, Walden University (2006).

System Criminal Justice Program Chair

John Preston, BA, University of Alabama (1993); MS, University of Alabama (1999).

System Business Program Chair

Todd Herseth, BA, Dakota Wesleyan University (1995); MBA, University of South Dakota (2004).

System Clinical Allied Health Program Chair

Cathleen Ogdie, AA, Mount Saint Clare College (1974); BA, University of Guam (1976); MS, University of South Dakota (1995); DLM (ASCP), MT (ASCP).