Following a national search, Dickinson State University (DSU) has selected Dr. Holly Gruhlke for the position of vice president of Dickinson State.

The vice president will direct much of DSU’s academic programming related to career-based instruction. The position will also have direct oversight of strategic enrollment management, marketing and communications, Title IX, accreditation, and lead DSU’s distance education and Dual Mission initiatives.

Dr. Gruhlke is the current chief enrollment management and communications officer and dean of the college of education, business, and applied sciences at Dickinson State University. An alumna of DSU, Dr. Gruhlke has a master of business administration degree from the University of North Dakota and a doctorate of business administration from Wilmington University.

“We are excited to have Dr. Gruhlke in this important position,” stated Steve Easton, DSU president. “Nobody at DSU has worked harder or more effectively to grow our programs and enrollment. She is a zealous and effective advocate for our students.”

In addition, Dr. Gruhlke has a strong background in program development. Since being appointed dean in 2020, she has helped usher in four graduate programs, including the institution’s Master of Business Administration program. In addition to graduate studies, Dr. Gruhlke has worked on the institution’s Dual Mission team to help DSU plan and launch essential career and technical education programming in certified nursing assistant training, diesel technology, fire science, hospitality, welding, and meat processing. At the undergraduate level, Gruhlke developed partnerships with institutions in the North Dakota University System to help bring innovative undergraduate programs in esports to the campus. This programming has contributed to stabilized enrollment at the institution throughout the COVID pandemic.

For additional questions and information, please contact the search committee chair, Krissy Kilwein, at 701-502-4304 or