VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota announced the appointment of Michael B. Kruger, Ph.D., as the new dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Lohre Distinguished Professor.
“USD is thrilled to have someone of Dr. Kruger’s stature join our faculty and administrative team,” said Jim Moran, USD Provost. “He brings a wealth of experience working across disciplines, with high schools and internationally that will position the College of Arts & Sciences and USD for future success.”
Prior to joining USD, Kruger served as the Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City since 2013. He served as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy for nine years and Interim Chair of the Department of Geosciences for two years. Kruger was awarded highest and most prestigious academic rank, Curators’ Professor in 2010 and won the UM System President’s Award for Leadership in 2015. He joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1993, and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and bachelor’s degree in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Kruger's hiring is the result of a national search that occurred following the departure of previous Dean Matthew Moen who left USD to become president of the Gettysburg Foundation.
“We would also like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Kurt Hackemer who served as Interim Dean College of Arts & Sciences over the past few months,” said Moran. “We look forward to welcoming Dr. Kruger to USD and the Vermillion community when he begins working on campus July 31.”