Black Hills State University, B.S. Speech & Mass Communications


Mark Jastorff is a veteran of higher education administration, having served in a wide range of senior leadership capacities. Mark, who served as the director of university relations and alumni affairs at Dickinson State University from 1988 to 1993, brings more than 40 years of experience in student life, enrollment management, advancement, and university and alumni relations to the University.

Mark’s career in higher education has taken him to six states, serving seven institutions and more than 10 presidents, including work at institutions such as Black Hills State University, Dickinson State University, Lake Superior State University (MI), University of Northern Iowa, MSU Denver, and Fort Lewis College (CO). Recently, he completed a six month interim position at Wheeling University (WV) prior to accepting the opportunity to come “home” to Dickinson.

At every stop, his teams have created traditions, built or mended relationships, and set the roots for success for generations of future leaders. Along the way, each and every day has focused on making great things happen for the thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Among the points of pride are those he has mentored – dozens of students and young professionals – who are making a difference in their communities and professions every day.

An active member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Mark has served as District VI Chair and is a current member of the CASE Development Leadership Council. He has presented at dozens of conferences, led three national workshops, and chaired several committees. He also received the district’s Distinguished Service Award in 2018 for his years of volunteerism and leadership with CASE.

Mark, who grew up in Spearfish, South Dakota, has eight grandchildren and no pets – unless one includes dust bunnies.