Stephen D. Easton, J.D., was named the 13th permanent president of Dickinson State University during a State Board of Higher Education meeting March, 26, 2020, after serving in an interim role for more than four months.

Easton has a strong personal connection to Dickinson State University. Easton, who graduated summa cum laude from DSU in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minor in business administration, was the third generation of his family to choose Dickinson State. After earning his undergraduate degree at DSU, Easton enrolled in Stanford Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1983.

Easton practiced law for more than 20 years before returning to higher education as a professor and administrator.

Steve Easton

Academic Affairs

Serving the student holistically, the areas of academic and student affairs work together to engage in learning in and out of the classroom. These two areas work in concert to collaboratively support student in learning, research, and service. Staff and faculty strive to deliver high-quality programs that: support scholarly and creative activities; facilitate, foster and promote inquiry and innovation. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs serves on the President’s Cabinet.

Debora Dragseth
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Finance and Administration

The Division of Finance and Administration is comprised of six staff departments including: business affairs, public safety, facilities, human resources, mailroom services, and information technology services. 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 Chief Financial Officer serves on the President’s Cabinet.

Kent Anderson
Chief Financial Officer


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 2019, DSU began offering opportunities to compete at the junior varsity level. 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.

Pete Stanton
Athletic Director

Student Affairs and University Relations

The Division of Student Affairs and University Relations includes the areas of admissions, financial aid, marketing, communication, media relations, graphic design and publications, website development, housing, dining and student programming.

We work to tell the story of DSU, which is the story of our faculty, staff, students and alumni. In accordance with our Blue Hawk Bond, we commit to working with excellence and promoting the mission, vision and values of Dickinson State University daily as we serve our students and our community. Creativity and collaboration are key as we develop strategic communication and recruitment plans to support the goals of the institution. The Vice President of Student Affairs and University Relations serves on the President’s Cabinet.

Mark Jastorff
Interim Vice President of University Relations and Student 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. 

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 Cabinet. 

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 Cabinet. 

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 Cabinet.

Visit Student Senate webpage

Organizational Charts

Campus organizational charts are available upon request from Human Resources.