David Williams was named senior associate
athletics director for external relations in
May 2013. Williams brings more than 20
years of intercollegiate athletic experience to
South Dakota, including 12 as an athletics director
at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro,
Missouri Western State University (2008–11)
and University of Wisconsin-Parkside (2000–08).
Williams also served as top assistant basketball
coach at North Dakota State, where he earned
his master’s degree, and at Augustana (Ill.) College,
his alma mater.
USD has announced Mark Petty, a native of
Sioux City, Iowa, as dean of enrollment. In this
role, Petty manages enrollment services and
oversees undergraduate admissions operations.
He came to USD after serving as associate vice
president and dean for admission at Iowa
Wesleyan College. While at the Mount Pleasant,
Iowa institution, Petty was an active member of
the Iowa Association for College Admission
Counseling where he most recently served as
president. Petty’s career began as an admissions
counselor at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake,
Iowa, where he eventually became assistant director
and, later, associate director of admissions before
going to Iowa Wesleyan in 2006.
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David Williams — Athletics
Mark Petty — Enrollment
The new chair and managing producer of theatre
and coordinator of the M.F.A. directing program
is Thomas Woldt, a Brookings native. Woldt is
a former chair of theatre at Simpson College in
Indianola, Iowa and is a past regional and national
officer for the Kennedy Center American College
Theatre Festival, an organization that awarded
him the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for
exemplary contributions to educational theatre.
He holds degrees from SDSU, Minnesota State
University, Mankato and the University of
Thomas Woldt — Department of Theatre