Dr. John Glover

Dr. John Glover, interim director of the Black Hills State University Center for American Indian Studies, has been named to a new associate dean position for the University of South Dakota’s School of Law. In addition to his new responsibilities as associate dean of American Indian Law Programs, Glover will continue to serve as center director at BHSU. 

“I am extremely eager to advance the interests of BHSU, USD Law School and South Dakota,” Glover said. “We have a great opportunity to increase the number of American Indians in both programs, while at the same time, pursuing the next step in American Indian Studies graduate education. At present, over half of all Indians in the six state universities are enrolled at BHSU and USD. “With this collaborative effort, I am confident that our numbers will increase as will the breadth of our American Indian Studies (AIS) programming.”

Since 1997, BHSU and USD have cooperatively shared a major in AIS, a program Glover helped to create. The success of this effort has led the universities to this next step.

“John is no stranger to us here at USD and we are glad to have his assistance,” says Barry Vickrey, USD law school dean. “John brings a unique set of skills and abilities which will advance not only the interests of USD and BHSU, but those of the state; a state with the eleventh largest Indian population in the country.”

Glover starts his joint responsibilities this summer. His primary office will be at BHSU.

Originally from western Montana, Glover came to South Dakota after practicing law in Minnesota and North Dakota. Glover is a graduate of Willamette University’s School of Law, Salem, Ore. He earned his undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorehead, Minn. His first book, Tribal Sovereigns of South Dakota was published by the Chiesman Center for Democracy in 2005.

Glover joined the faculty at BHSU in 1992 and was promoted to full professor of American Indian Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006.

In addition to his 15 years of teaching at BHSU, Glover was awarded a Fellowship from the Newberry Library in Chicago and served as the Indian Law Fellow at USD. While on sabbatical last year, he served as Visiting Scholar to the American Indian Studies Graduate program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 2005, Glover taught at an international youth camp, Global Youth Village in Bedford, Virginia. In terms of grant writing, his efforts have accumulated over $200,000 in awards in the last two years.

In 2005, Glover joined with other concerned academics and attorneys to form Native Educational Endeavors whose mission is to “provide educational opportunities for American Indians and to foster cross cultural respect.” He serves as CEO and board member of this South Dakota corporation.

Glover’s wife, Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos, professor and chair of the BHSU psychology department joined the BHSU staff in 1993. Their son, Gene “Boomer” Glover will soon graduate from West Elementary Kindergarten.