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USD Names Kurt Hackemer Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Kurt Hackemer Kurt Hackemer will serve as the interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Professor Kurt Hackemer, chair of the Department of History at the University of South Dakota, will serve as interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, starting Feb. 27, 2017.

“Kurt has the knowledge and background to lead USD’s largest college while we conduct a formal search for a new dean,” said Provost Jim Moran.

Matthew Moen, current dean of Arts & Sciences, is leaving USD in March to become president of the Gettysburg Foundation in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Hackemer came to USD in 1996 and has previously served as associate dean of Arts & Sciences for nine years as well as interim registrar, interim diversity officer and interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Hackemer has served as chair of the Department of History since 2013, and he also coordinates the Native Studies Program at USD. His research interests include the American Civil War, the military-industrial complex, and American naval history.

He received his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Chicago, and master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Texas A&M University.

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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.