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Diane Sandhoff named new dean at Dakota Wesleyan University

Monday, December 9, 2013

Dakota Wesleyan University has announced Diane Sandhoff as the newest dean appointment for the College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences.

Dr. Rocky VonEye, the former dean, was named DWU’s provost several months ago and had been serving in both capacities. Sandhoff, who has been with DWU since 1989, accepted the position as dean last week.

“As I was growing up I always felt passionate about having a career path in nursing/healthcare and/or education,” Sandhoff said. “I have been blessed to be part of both worlds while at DWU.”

Sandhoff has taught in the classroom, for online courses, and for the past eight years, has commuted to Sioux Falls to teach the LPN to RN nursing program at DWU’s satellite school.

She accepted the position as RN to B.S. nursing program director in May 2013 and also is involved with DWU committees, the DWU nursing advisory board and the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship advisory board. She is also involved with the Parkston Area Foundation, currently on the Avera Queen of Peace Board, Avera Board of Consulters, and the Avera St. Benedict Foundation.  She was the past chairman of the Avera St. Benedict Hospital Board.


VonEye expects the program to grow with more research opportunities and feels that Sandhoff will be help guide the college in the right direction.

“Diane is a steady rock in any storm; she’s a positive thinker who will gather opinions, weigh all options and make the best decision for the college,” VonEye said.

“The students are the reason why I continue to do what I do,” Sandhoff said. “Students remind me every day why I chose nursing and education as a career path. Working with students is a privilege.

“One of the greatest joys is watching our graduates grow professionally following graduation. I am inspired by the many contributions each makes to their work environments to keep patients, families and communities healthy and safe. Our graduates are our future.”

Sandhoff graduated from St. John’s School of Nursing in Huron in 1973 with an RN diploma. She worked at St. Joseph Hospital and the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell, a family practice clinic in Parkston and began teaching at DWU in 1989. She earned her baccalaureate degree in 1989 and then her master’s degree from South Dakota State University in 1993, completed post-master’s work through Capella University in Minneapolis, and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Northcentral University, Prescott, Ariz.

She and her husband, George Sandhoff, live in Parkston. They have two children and three grandchildren.



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