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Deb Roach

Deb Roach

Deb Roach

Vice President for Human Resources


Human Resources


M.S., University of South Dakota
B.S., University of South Dakota
CMCS, Certified Master of Career Services


Deb Roach is Vice President for Human Resources. A majority of her career has involved helping employees and students grow in their career. She feels is it important to help people find the right job that feeds their passion and fits their skill set and then follow up with the support and resources necessary to be successful.

Deb has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s in Human Resource Management from the University of South Dakota. In addition, she graduated from the Graduate School of Banking with a Leadership and Technology focus at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has worked in financial services, with many years’ of experience as Senior Vice President at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls. In this position she was responsible for 19 branch locations with a team of over 70 employees, which involved significant work in the area of human resources. She also worked for Avera Health in Human Resources as a Workforce Development Consultant. She has been an instructor at Dakota State, teaching Organization and Management, Managerial Communications, and Business Statistics. She started at DSU as the Director of Career and Professional Development from 2018-2022. In her current role, she continues to work with and oversee the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Throughout her career, Deb has volunteered with over 19 boards, most recently with the Sioux Falls Development Foundation Recruitment Council.


Office Location: Heston Hall
Phone: 605-215-0767