Kayla Noah, a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 6 Excellence in Advising award winner, was named the dean of students by Dickinson State University who say that her Bachelor of Science in chemistry education with a minor in mathematics from the University of South Dakota, and a Master of Education in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota will bring a renewed enthusiasm to the position.

Debora Dragseth, provost and vice president for academic affairs at DSU, noted that the hiring committee were delighted to bring into the Dean position an individual with a degree in the natural sciences, an area that the University relies on heavily—not only for its science majors, but also for its academic support of nursing, exercise science and education majors.

Dragseth noted that the committee were spirited about what Noah brings to the table as evidenced by her passionate, thoughtful and student-centered decision making.

Prior to assuming the position, Noah had previously worked as the director of DSU’s Student Opportunity and Resource Center as well as the campus’s disability specialist. She has also served as the math and science coordinator at DSU. Before coming to DSU, Noah taught chemistry and math at Alcester-Hudson High School in South Dakota.

Recognizing that effective academic advising is at the core of student success, NACADA, a premier global association for the development and dissemination of innovative theory, research and practice of academic advising in higher education, honored Noah in 2020.

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“As DSU launches a new era of student life, with a renewed focus and energy, I look forward to the opportunity to serve in this position,” Noah said.