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Glover to serve as interim associate dean at USD School of Law

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law announces the interim appointment of John Glover as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. He will serve as interim associate dean as a national search is conducted to fill the position made vacant with the retirement of associate dean Tom Sorensen last December. Glover will be on leave from Black Hills State University where he is professor with the College of Liberal Arts and former director of the Center for American Indian Studies.

“John has had a long history with USD and we are pleased to again have him with the Law School,” says USD School of Law Dean Tom Geu. “He was one of our early Indian Law Fellows in the mid-90s and later served as our associate dean of American Indian Law Programs from 2007 to 2010 as a part of a joint appointment with BHSU. He is well familiar with our program and with many of our faculty and staff. His assistance will be invaluable as the law school undergoes many important transitions including greater capacities in recruitment and placement.”

A native of western Montana, Glover moved to South Dakota after practicing law in Minnesota and North Dakota. He received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. and is a graduate of Willamette University’s School of Law in Salem, Ore. Among his publications is a text entitled, “Tribal Sovereigns of South Dakota,” published in 2005 by the Chiesman Center for Democracy.

Glover joined the BHSU faculty in 1992 and he was promoted to full professor in 2006. In addition to 22 years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience, Glover was a Newberry Library Fellow in Chicago, a visiting resident scholar at the American Indian Studies graduate program at the University of Arizona and an international issues instructor at the Global Youth Village. Along with other concerned academics and attorneys, Glover formed Native Educational Endeavors, Inc., whose mission is to provide educational opportunities for American Indians to foster cross cultural respect. Glover has served as NEE’s executive director since its inception in 2005.

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USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News