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Former Arts & Sciences Dean Honored with Prestigious Award

Matthew C. Moen standing in front of an evergreen tree. Just his head and shoulders are visible. Matthew C. Moen, who served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Lohre Distinguished Professor at USD, was honored with the Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award from the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D., who served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Lohre Distinguished Professor at the University of South Dakota from 2002-2017, was honored with the prestigious Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award from the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) at their annual meeting held Nov. 9.

The award is given each year to one person or organization for exemplary advocacy for the arts and sciences, flowing from a deep commitment to the intrinsic worth of liberal arts education. Past recipients range from college presidents, to leading scholars, to premiere higher education associations, such as Phi Beta Kappa.

“During my tenure as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USD, I so warmly appreciated the abiding commitment of the faculty and administration to the core principle of liberal education for all students,” said Moen. “Strong support locally, and by my Dean’s Council, was what made it possible for me to advocate nationally for the liberal arts and sciences.”

CCAS is the national organization of arts and sciences deans, with approximately 2,000 members at more than 500 colleges and universities. Moen served as CCAS president in 2008.

After accepting the award online due to the pandemic, Moen delivered remarks to deans entitled, "The Second American Democratic Experiment."

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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.

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