Keith Corbett ’76/M.Ed. ’87, dean of the University College at South Dakota State University, announced Thursday his plans to retire from the university at the conclusion of the spring semester.
Corbett has served in his current role since University College was formed in July 2011. He was the dean of SDSU’s College of General Studies before the creation of University College.
“Keith has had a distinguished career at SDSU, making many contributions of great impact on the university,” said Dennis Hedge, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. “In addition to his efforts leading University College, he has provided guidance and oversight of the Summer Bridge Program and has had extensive involvement with numerous student success initiatives.”
The Summer Bridge Program, which started in 2012, is designed to help incoming students make the transition from high school to college. Attendees received a scholarship starting in 2014 to attend two classes and live on campus during the summer session.
Corbett’s time at SDSU started in 1971 when he was an undergraduate student and has served in numerous roles, including as a professor of military science.
“I will miss working with the greatest group of professionals in the world as together they guide students in achieving their goals in life,” Corbett said, noting University College’s mission is to help students find a major that is a good fit for their abilities and interests while providing them with the skills necessary to be a success in college and beyond.
Corbett also held the rank of brigadier general before retiring from the U.S. Army in 2011. He began his military service in 1976 with his commission from the U.S. Air Force ROTC at South Dakota State University. Corbett also was the assistant adjutant general for the South Dakota Army National Guard. In that role, his responsibilities included readiness of the South Dakota Army National Guard's troops for training and mobilization exercises.