Chemistry Professor Named Dean of Graduate School

Image Ranjit Koodali Ranjit Koodali, Ph.D., new dean of the USD Graduate School.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota has named Ranjit Koodali dean of the Graduate School. He came to USD in 2005 and is currently a professor in chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Koodali serves as the graduate program director for the chemistry department and is a member of several committees, including the graduate council, university budget committee, university research council and university scholarship committee. He has more than 125 published works, has been recognized for excellence in research and teaching, and has supervised and mentored many graduate and undergraduate students throughout his career.

Koodali received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1995 and his M.S. in chemistry in 1990 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his B.S. in chemistry from Loyola College in 1988.

In his new role, which is effective Sunday, Koodali will have administrative oversight responsibility for all of the graduate programs, graduate policies and graduate staff at USD. A primary focus will be on developing and implementing plans to improve graduate student recruitment, credential completion, and enhancing diversity and inclusion in graduate programs to realize the goals articulated in USD’s Strategic Plan.

“Dr. Koodali will bring extensive knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the University of South Dakota and for our students to this role, and we are looking forward to his leadership in helping us increase the quantity and quality of our graduate programs,” said Jim Moran, USD provost and vice president for academic affairs, who made the announcement.


USD is the largest provider of graduate education in the state of South Dakota, with 71 graduate and professional programs. The mission of the Graduate School is to provide high-quality graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, fine arts, law and medicine; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; and to support research and creative scholarship. In partnership with individual degree programs, we accomplish this mission by providing students with excellent academic preparation and extraordinary opportunities for research, creative scholarship, clinical experiences and internships.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News