Dr. John Henry Glover will serve as interim associate dean at the University of South Dakota as a national search is conducted to fill the position made vacant with the retirement of associate dean Tom Sorensen at the end of December. Glover will be on leave from Black Hills State University where he is a professor of American Indian Studies.
| Dr. John Glover, right, pictured with South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson during the state Supreme Court hearings at Black Hills State University last fall.
“We are again indebted to BHSU for lending us John,” says USD Law Dean Tom Geu. “He was one of our early Indian Law Fellows in the mid 90s and later served as our associate dean of American Indian Law Programs from 2007 to 2010 as a part of a joint appointment with BHSU. He is well familiar with our program and with many of our faculty and staff. His assistance will be invaluable as the law school undergoes many important transitions including greater capacities in recruitment and placement.”
A native of western Montana, Glover moved to South Dakota after practicing law in Minnesota and North Dakota. He received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and is a graduate of Willamette University’s School of Law in Salem, Ore. Among his publications is a book titled, “Tribal Sovereigns of South Dakota,” published in 2005 by the Chiesman Center for Democracy in Rapid City.
Glover joined the faculty at BHSU in 1992, and he was promoted to full professor in 2006. In addition to 22 years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience, Glover was a Newberry Library Fellow in Chicago, a visiting resident scholar at the American Indian Studies graduate program at the University of Arizona, and an international issues instructor at the Global Youth Village, in Bedford, Va.
Along with other concerned academics and attorneys, Glover formed Native Educational Endeavors, INC. a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide educational opportunities for American Indians to foster cross cultural respect. Glover has served as NEE’s executive director since its inception in 2005.
John has a 12-year-old son, Gene, who is an avid fisherman, archer, athlete and honor student at Spearfish Middle School.