Kurtz was selected following a nation-wide search. He has a strong record of leadership in various capacities, most recently with the Helmsley Trust. Kurtz also formerly held several leadership roles at the Center for Disabilities including, director of the South Dakota Leadership Education Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SD LEND), director of Clinical Operations and Community Services and director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program.

Kurtz earned a Ph.D. in school psychology at USD and has served as an associate professor of pediatrics at the USD Sanford School of Medicine.

He will begin his new duties at the Center for Disabilities on Feb. 11, 2019.

The Center for Disabilities is South Dakota’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) which provides training, clinical services, research and information dissemination with a vision that all people, including individuals with disabilities, can achieve independence, self-determination, productivity and community inclusion.

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