Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, President

President Kay Schallenkamp

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp began her tenure as the ninth president of Black Hills State University in July of 2006.

Before taking the helm at BHSU, Dr. Schallenkamp served as president of Emporia State University (KS) for nine years. Prior to that, she was provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and provost at Chadron State College (NE). She started her higher education career at Northern State University in Aberdeen (SD) as an instructor of communication disorders and later served as dean of graduate studies and research.

Dr. Schallenkamp is currently a member of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Steering Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Throughout her career, she has been professionally active at the state and national levels. She has previously served as a member of the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the North Central Association, and The Renaissance Group. In addition, she has served as chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), The Presidents Council for NCAA Division II and the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

Dr. Schallenkamp holds three degrees in communication disorders: a B.S. from Northern State University (SD), a master’s from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

She and her husband, Ken, have two daughters. Heather (Shad) Newbury is a high school English teacher in Kansas and Jenni (Danny) Simon is a faculty member at UNC-Greensboro. Heather and Shad have two children, Alyssa and Tyler. Jenni and Danny have two sons, Keenan and Reece.