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USD's Red Shirt-Shaw to Serve on Harvard's Board of Overseers

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw USD's director of Native Student Services, Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, was selected a member of Harvard University's Board of Overseers.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, director of the University of South Dakota Native Student Services, has been elected a member of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers.

Red Shirt-Shaw is one of five new board members and will serve a six-year term.

The Board of Overseers, one of Harvard’s two governing boards, directs the visitation process, which is the primary means for periodic external assessment of Harvard’s Schools and departments. Through its array of standing committees, and the roughly 50 visiting committees that report to them, the board probes the quality of Harvard’s programs and assures that the university remains true to its charter as a place of learning. Drawing on its members’ diverse experience and expertise, the board provides counsel to the university’s leadership on priorities, plans and strategic initiatives.

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.


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.


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