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DWU’s executive team restructuring gives new responsibilities, titles to current employees

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dakota Wesleyan University celebrates institutional milestones this year with new position appointments, the dedication of the Corrigan Health Sciences Center and the inauguration of Amy Novak as president.

The university announced its 20th president in April, promoting Novak, former provost, to the position on April 18.

Since her appointment, Novak has made additional administrative appointments. Theresa Kriese, formerly vice president for finance and development, was named executive vice president of the college. Kriese, who has been at DWU since 2008, stepped up last year when DWU’s advancement office was in need of a leader and served as both vice president of her department in finance and took on the V.P. role in development.

“Theresa’s professional experience has been a constant asset to Dakota Wesleyan,” Novak said. “As provost, I worked closely with Theresa and Lori Essig as part of the president’s council, and our working relationship has been one molded by mutual respect and hard work.”

Novak’s executive leadership team also includes the newly appointed provost, Dr. Rochelle “Rocky” Von Eye, current math professor and dean of the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences.

“The university’s academic affairs department is in very capable hands with Dr. Von Eye in the position of provost,” Novak said. “Having served as provost for five years myself, and working closely with all of the deans and faculty, I am confident that Rocky will excel in this position. She is a fascinating and intelligent woman whom I respect.”


Von Eye was named a dean in 2009 when the university developed its three-college system. She
earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from South Dakota State University in mathematics and computer science, and her doctorate from University of South Dakota. She has been at DWU since 1984, teaching courses in computer science and mathematics. She has also been assistant academic dean and acting vice president for academic affairs. Von Eye has also received the Presidential Award for Excellence in mathematics teaching, and a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship.

“The past few years have been a whirlwind of excitement and anticipation for all of DWU,” Novak said. “I have been just a small part of this long process, but it has been an honor. The entire campus is excited about this beautiful new building.”

The dedication of the science center will begin at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Sherman Center, followed by a ceremony in front of the new building with a picnic in Jackson Plaza. The entire community is invited to partake in this celebration and historical event.

Novak’s inauguration will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, as part of the university’s homecoming festivities.



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