Both Birkeland and Weinandt started at USD in the fall of 2011. Their new roles involve responsibilities with the on-campus and online programs, focusing on the operation and growth of the programs, curricular innovation and student success. The coordinators will work with faculty, business leaders and alumni to ensure the success of the programs in the rapidly changing environment of business.

Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business, announced the new positions earlier this month after a long decision-making process.

“I carefully evaluated all the faculty and staff comments and ratings, and discussed with the chairs and the current graduate programs director in making my decision,” Venkatachalam said. He added that both positions will be effective starting Jan. 1, 2015.

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