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Arts & Sciences Dean Matthew Moen to Depart USD

Matt Moen Photo Matt Moen will begin his new position at the Gettysburg Foundation in March 2017 after 15 years of service at the University of South Dakota.

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.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


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 84 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.