VERMILLION, S.D. -- Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Lohre Distinguished Professor and professor of political science, will leave the University of South Dakota after 15 years to begin his new position as president of Gettysburg Foundation in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in March 2017.
As dean of the largest college at USD, Moen led 16 academic departments, oversaw a multi-million dollar budget and helped raise more than $21 million in the current university capital campaign.
“We are very grateful to Dean Moen for the many contributions he has made to the University of South Dakota during his time here,” said Jim Moran, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His leadership and dedication to academic excellence have significantly impacted our university community and our students. His commitment to the liberal arts has helped to make USD a stronger institution.”
“Matt has been a tremendous dean of the College of Arts & Sciences,” said USD President James W. Abbott. “He is nationally recognized with his leadership positions in the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA) and Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS). His new position is a wonderful opportunity that combines both his leadership talents and his passion for a liberal arts education. I wish him all the best with thanks for his contributions to USD.”
Before joining USD as dean in 2002, Dean Moen spent 16 years at the University of Maine. Past leadership positions include chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the American Political Science Association, president of the New England Political Science Association and president of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences. In 2011, Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Moen to the board of directors of the South Dakota Humanities Council, where he served for five years, including chair of the board.
Moen received his B.A. from Augustana University and doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. He is author/co-author of six books and dozens of articles on American politics.
Gettysburg Foundation’s preservation mission includes the funding and operation of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center; land, monument and artifact preservation; battlefield rehabilitation; with a major focus on leadership and civic education.