Dr. Dean Myers, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University, has announced his retirement effective at the end of this academic year. A national search will begin immediately to fill the provost position at BHSU.
Myers, who has had administrative positions at the University since 1992, says his professional association at BHSU and his career in education, has exceeded his expectations in many ways.
“I have had a wonderful career at Black Hills State University, a career that surpassed my wildest dreams and expectations. I began my career as principal in Parker, South Dakota, and now I’m planning to retire as the provost of the third largest University in the state,” Myers says. “I’ve had a wonderful career in education, and it has been a privilege to work with everyone at Black Hills State University.”
His influence as provost, vice president, dean of the College of Education, director of Field Experiences, and as a faculty member at BHSU will persist as his vision and direction for the University is carried on in the programs and initiatives that he was instrumental in developing and advancing.
Myers’ calm demeanor, his pragmatic approach to problem solving, and his innate ability to establish personal connections and rapport with faculty, staff, students, and colleagues have combined to create a legacy that will benefit the University for years to come.
Originally from Redfield, Myers says he has always considered himself a teacher even when he moved from the classroom into administrative roles and is proud of his influence as an education administrator.
“Although I haven’t been teaching in a classroom for many years, I still consider myself a teacher. As I moved into administration, I became aware of how my role evolved but still centered on teaching. My legacy, I hope, would be that through my role as provost, people have learned from me and are better at what they do and more confident in their jobs.”
Myers’ is reluctant to take credit for the advances that have occurred under his leadership, noting that the recognition belongs to the dedicated faculty and staff.
“In my role as provost, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with many exciting initiatives at Black Hills State University. The faculty and staff at BHSU are creative, enthusiastic, innovative, and student centered. They care about their students, their programs, and their work.”
Myers says he has especially enjoyed working with BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp the last four years.
“President Schallenkamp and I share the same vision and goals for the University,” Myers says. “We are a good match. I like working for people I learn from, and I’ve certainly learned from President Schallenkamp.”
Schallenkamp also expressed her appreciation for Myers’ work and dedication to the University.
“Dean Myers has been my right hand for the past four years. I particularly appreciate the vision he brings as provost and admire his work with students and faculty that ensures that we are providing high-quality, innovative academic programs.”
Myers is looking forward to retirement and says he’s ready for new challenges in his life.
Myers, who has a long association with the University, also has extensive educational administrative and leadership experience in the state. He joined the BHSU faculty 17 years ago as director of placement for student teachers. He was later named dean of the College of Education and was promoted to vice president for Academic Affairs in 2004. Before joining the BHSU faculty, Myers served as state director of special education in Pierre and as director of special education in Sioux Falls.