Academic Affairs

The Division of Academic Affairs is comprised of 10 academic departments, library, academic records, institutional research and planning, distance education and the technology resource education center (TREC). Academic Affairs works collaboratively to support students in learning, research, and service. Our mission is to provide access to high-quality academic programs, to support scholarly and creative activities, and to facilitate, foster and promote inquiry, innovation, academic excellence and achievement. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs serves on the President’s Cabinet and on the President’s Advisory Council. 

Dr. Carmen Wilson
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Finance and Administration

The Division of Finance and Administration is comprised of seven staff departments including: business affairs, campus security, facilities, human resources, mailroom services, information technology services, and the Biesiot Activities Center. In alignment with the mission of the university, the staff in the division work together to create a campus environment that is well maintained, safe, and actively engaged in positive interactions with students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Vice President for Finance and Administration serves on the President’s Cabinet and on the President’s Advisory Council. 

Marty Parsons
Vice President for Finance & Administration

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is comprised of six staff departments including: admissions, career development, financial aid, international programs, housing and dining, and student health services. In collaboration with the mission of the University, our philosophical foundation is one of servant-centered leadership. Staff seek to create a community of care, fostered through collaborative and personal relationships. The staff within Student Affairs and Enrollment Management invite students to engage with their academic experience, in and out of the classroom, and we from admission to graduation, the staff assist students in finding individualized success. The division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Carmen Wilson
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs


The Office of Intercollegiate Athletics is comprised of 15 competitive sports including: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, rodeo, softball, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. DSU is a member of the North Star Athletic Association conference and nationally affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. In alignment with DSU institutional values and the NAIA Champions of Character values including: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. Coaching of student athletes goes beyond the field and supports development of individual character in life and in competition. The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics serves on the President’s Cabinet and on the President’s Advisory Council.

Pete Stanton
Athletic Director

Communications and Public Affairs

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs is comprised of five professional support areas including: university marketing and promotion, media relations, graphic design and print publications, alumni relations, and website communication. Staff support the mission, vision and values of Dickinson State University by enhancing the university’s identity, increasing knowledge of the university’s quality educational opportunities and services, and generating support for the university’s activities, programs and initiatives through well-planned and executed communication efforts to internal and external audiences. The Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs serves on the President’s Cabinet and on the President’s Advisory Council. 

Marie Moe
Executive Director Communications & Public Affairs

DSU Heritage Foundation

The DSU Heritage Foundation was established in 2015 with a vision to be the premier supporter for Dickinson State University's in its commitment to provide the finest and most invigorating global-learning environment. The Heritage Foundation works with alumni and friends of the university to develop scholarship funds which enables students to pursue education. The Heritage Foundation raises scholarships for areas of the university including: academic merit intercollegiate athletic, department and performance. The Heritage Foundation and the DSU Heritage Foundation Board are actively engaged in promotion of the University through hosting of and participation community events. The Executive Director of the DSU Heritage Foundation serves on the President’s Cabinet and the President’s Advisory Council. 

Ty Orton
Executive Director

Faculty Senate

A university community is established to promote free inquiry into all areas of human endeavor. The Faculty Senate of Dickinson State University has the responsibility to express its concern for the welfare of the University, to discuss and develop ideas for university improvement, to contribute to the formulation of general university policy and to provide for reliable channels of communications among all segments of the university community.

The primary aim of including a Faculty Senate in the organizational structure of Dickinson State University is to facilitate and coordinate faculty participation in the recommendation and development of educational and professional policies and in the formulation of procedures for their implementation. The President of Faculty Senate serves on the President’s Advisory Council. 

Staff Senate

The Staff Senate of Dickinson State University, established in 1996, is a representative body of the University's staff employees. The Staff Senate is an active communication link between the president of the University, the Executive Committee of the Staff Senate, and staff employees about issues of mutual concern. The Staff Senate also strives to create a spirit of unity, pride, and cooperation among all university employees. The President of Staff Senate serves on the President’s Advisory Council. 

Student Senate

The Student Senate, elected by the student body, forms recommendations, makes decisions, and votes on matters concerning the students. Serving as a channel of communication amongst administration, faculty, staff, and students, the Student Senate represents the student voice by making recommendations to university administrators on student issues. The President of Student Senate serves on the President’s Advisory Council.

Visit Student Senate webpage

Organizational Charts

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