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Overby named vice president for technology and safety

David Overby
David Overby

David Overby, currently the vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Dakota State University, has been named the vice president for technology and safety at South Dakota State University. Overby will replace Michael Adelaine, who is retiring June 19.

“David brings a wealth of experience and critical leadership skills to SDSU that will be extremely valuable in a time when technology and teaching in higher education has never taken a more drastic turn in such a short period of time,” said SDSU President Barry Dunn. “David’s history of leadership and strategic development will play a critical role when we come out of this pandemic and adjust to what is needed in the future. We are very excited to have him join our team at this very important time.”

Overby has been in his role at Dakota State since January 2013. He has provided leadership and oversight to the university’s strategic initiatives to position DSU as the most advanced and innovative university in South Dakota in the area of technology. His focus has included advancements in security, a high-speed research network, infrastructure improvements and service platforms to include remote solutions.

“I am incredibly excited and honored to be joining SDSU and thank President Dunn for providing me the opportunity to serve the university community,” Overby said. “I look forward to developing partnerships across campus, learning more about SDSU and becoming part of the South Dakota State Jackrabbit family.”
Prior to Dakota State, Overby served as the chief information officer at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He began at MState in 1999 as an information technology specialist before becoming an IT project manager and the director of computer help desks before his CIO role began in 2006.

Overby holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and information management from the University of North Dakota. He earned a master’s degree in management with a concentration in information technology from the University of Mary.