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Provost & Academic Affairs

Welcome to the Provost and Academic Affairs home page. The Provost is responsible for Dakota State University's Academic Integrity.

Dr. James Moran is the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Moran acts as the chief academic officer for the University and the person to whom the deans and directors for the academic support units report. The priorities of the Provost office include facilitating student success through the timely completion of degrees that include distinctive educational experiences. The Provost Office is committed to meeting the goals of the University strategic plan including increasing the number of students receiving meaningful and affordable degrees preparing them for career and life success. We do this by supporting our excellent faculty as teachers, researchers, and community partners and all students through services such as tutoring and supplemental instruction.

DSU has four colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, the College of Business and Information Systems, and the College of Education. The Provost oversees the undergraduate and graduate programs supporting and managing all Academic Affairs units at Dakota State University.


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Jim Moran

Jim Moran

Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs




B.A. Psychology and History, Duke University, 1971
M.S. Psychology, University of Oklahoma, 1975
Ph.D. Child and Family Studies, Oklahoma State University 1978


Dr. Jim Moran joined Dakota State University after serving as the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Vice-President for Accreditation and Student Success Initiatives at USD. He has also served as Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as interim president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Moran’s roles at the University of Tennessee included Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Human Ecology, and Vice President for the UT Research Corporation promoting the development and licensing of intellectual property.

Dr. Moran also served as a state representative to Complete College America and the Education Trust’s Access to Success Initiative and was appointed by the Governor to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Council.  His biography is included in the Leaders in Family and Consumer Science volume published in 2016 and he served as that Association’s president in 2004-2005.



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