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Kurtz to Lead USD Sanford School of Medicine's Center for Disabilities

Eric Kurtz, director of the Center of Disabilities Eric G. Kurtz will serve as executive director of the Center for Disabilities at the USD Sanford School of Medicine beginning Feb. 11, 2019.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Eric G. Kurtz, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as the executive director of the Center for Disabilities at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

Kurtz was selected following a nation-wide search. He has a strong record of leadership in various capacities, most recently with the Helmsley Trust. Kurtz also formerly held several leadership roles at the Center for Disabilities including, director of the South Dakota Leadership Education Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SD LEND), director of Clinical Operations and Community Services and director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program.

Kurtz earned a Ph.D. in school psychology at USD and has served as an associate professor of pediatrics at the USD Sanford School of Medicine.

He will begin his new duties at the Center for Disabilities on Feb. 11, 2019.

The Center for Disabilities is South Dakota’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) which provides training, clinical services, research and information dissemination with a vision that all people, including individuals with disabilities, can achieve independence, self-determination, productivity and community inclusion.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


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