Ty Orton accepted the position as executive director for the DSU Heritage Foundation (DSUHF) in December 2015. In this role, Orton coordinates efforts to strengthen relationships and raise funds to support the University in fulfilling its commitment to provide high-quality accessible programs; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; to support scholarly and creative activities; and to serve the region. Orton began his fundraising career in 2002 at McCook Community College where he was also the head men’s basketball coach. Orton moved to Dickinson in 2007 where he continued to invest in relationships while coaching and fundraising for Dickinson State athletics. Just before his appointment with the DSU Heritage Foundation, he was the major gifts officer at Sanford Health. Orton serves on the President’s Cabinet and President’s Advisory Council. As a fundraiser, his focus has been to raise money that invests in and grows the local community. He brings that focus with him to the positon as executive director of the DSUHF. Orton earned a Bachelor of Education from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana in 1998.