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University Center Announces Executive Director Candidates

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – University Center has announced three finalists for the position of executive director.

They are as follows:

• Ronald Larsen, vice provost at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana
• Craig Peters, dean of curriculum and instruction at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
• Carmen Simone, president at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad and Alamosa, Colorado

On-site interviews will occur Aug. 20 at University Center. During their time on campus, candidates will meet with faculty, students, administrative and professional staff, civil service employees and members of the Sioux Falls community.

The new executive director will replace Craig Johnson, who left the post in June to become president at Ridgewater College in Minnesota.


Officially called South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center, the center is a face-to-face course delivery and research location, providing area residents local access to the state’s public university system. UC-Sioux Falls emphasizes non-traditional and adult learners and works with the Sioux Falls community toward economic development, life-long learning and professional development.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News