Don Marshall, a longtime employee of South Dakota State University, has been named the university’s vice provost for undergraduate education. The appointment was made by SDSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis Hedge.
In his new role, Marshall will be in the Office of Academic Affairs and work closely with Hedge and other academic leaders to develop and coordinate the university’s undergraduate academic programs and support services. The position will have a critical role in maintaining and promoting academic program quality, meeting accreditation standards, guiding curriculum development, assessing undergraduate student learning outcomes, and fostering overall high-level academic performance at the university.
“Dr. Marshall’s extensive academic leadership experience and understanding of curriculum design, program assessment and student success initiatives make him ideal for this position,” Hedge said. “His commitment to supporting students as they pursue their academic and career goals is impressive, and I look forward to working with him as we identify opportunities to further enhance the academic portfolio at South Dakota State University.”
Marshall currently serves as the associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, a position he has held since 2002. Marshall also served as acting dean of the college from 2008-2010 and interim dean from July 2017 to March 2018. During his time in the college, Marshall has provided leadership for academic programs and student services, including curriculum, learning environments, faculty and student professional development, scholarships, articulation, career support, advising, recruitment and retention.
Under his leadership, the college experienced an enrollment increase for eight consecutive years and maintains the second-highest student retention rate of all SDSU colleges. Marshall was also involved in the development and implementation of several new academic programs, including recently launching the precision agriculture program in which SDSU became the first university in the country to offer both a major and minor in the field.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to work with the Office of Academic Affairs and continue my efforts in the areas of academic and student success,” Marshall said. “SDSU has been a special place for me and over the years I have developed great relationships with faculty and students. Seeing the opportunities they are given for a high level of teaching and learning, and then watching well-prepared graduates enter the workforce and make a difference in our society is extremely rewarding.”
Marshall’s tenure at SDSU dates to 1984 when he began as an SDSU Extension livestock specialist at the West River Ag Center in Rapid City. He began his teaching appointment two years later on the Brookings campus, earning the rank of professor in 1995. He held that position until he began his current role.
Marshall will begin his new role June 22.