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.