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Graduate School Dean Elected to GRE Board

Ranjit Koodali USD Graduate School Dean Ranjit Koodali will serve on the GRE Board from June 2018 to June 2022.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Ranjit Koodali, Ph.D., dean of the USD Graduate School, has been elected to the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Board. Koodali’s appointment will run from June 2018 to June 2022.

The GRE Board is an independent board that sets policies related to the GRE program. The board assists the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in identifying and developing new testing products and services. The GRE Board also provides guidance to ensure that the assessment tests developed are fair and effective.

“It is a great honor to be elected to the GRE Board,” Koodali said. “The experiences in working collaboratively with fellow graduate deans and ETS and providing input to testing products developed by ETS will be invaluable. It will also be an opportunity for ETS to listen to and gain important perspectives from institutions such as USD and make possible changes. As a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness (DEI) committee, I will have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of underrepresented minorities.”


USD is the largest provider of graduate education in the state of South Dakota, with 78 graduate and professional programs. The mission of the Graduate School is to provide high-quality graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, fine arts, law and medicine; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; and to support research and creative scholarship. In partnership with individual degree programs, we accomplish this mission by providing students with excellent academic preparation and extraordinary opportunities for research, creative scholarship, clinical experiences and internships.


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.


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