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Pithan Leads USD Nursing

Anne Pithan head shot Anne Pithan has been named chair of the University of South Dakota Department of Nursing.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Anne Pithan, D.N.P., has been named chair of the nursing department at the University of South Dakota.

Pithan has served in the nursing profession for 33 years, working in both academia and practice, and she began her service at USD in 2017.

Pithan oversees a large and successful program that offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree at four sites across South Dakota, including in Vermillion (main USD campus), Pierre (Capital University Center), Sioux Falls and Rapid City. An online R.N.-B.S.N. program is also offered by USD Nursing.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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