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Red Shirt-Shaw Named Director of Native Student Services

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw Megan Red Shirt-Shaw is the new director of the USD Native Student Services.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Megan Red Shirt-Shaw has been named the University of South Dakota director of Native Student Services. Red Shirt-Shaw has been service as director since Oct. 26.

“I’m very grateful for the support I have received from the students and USD community,” Red Shirt-Shaw said. “I have felt so welcomed and guided during my first month here. I look forward to working with students, staff and faculty across campus and within the community in our shared vision of Native student success during their time at USD and beyond.”

“Megan is an accomplished higher education practitioner, gifted scholar and advocate for Native student success,” said Kim Grieve, Ph.D., vice president of student services and dean of students. “We are so fortunate to have Megan at USD.”

Red Shirt-Shaw is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English and her master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Higher Education. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus on Higher Education and a minor in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.

She has previously held positions in undergraduate admissions, college counseling, student advising and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Questbridge, Santa Clara University, Albuquerque Academy and the 7th Gen Summer Program.


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