Rajeev Bukralia was recently named dean of Educational Outreach and Special Projects at Black Hills State University.

Bukralia, who has been director of libraries at BHSU since 2005, will oversee the online and distance education course offerings as well as the educational outreach for the University. As a part of his duties, Bukralia will administer and deliver a new online master of science degree in Strategic Leadership, which is expected to begin in the fall of 2008.         

“The areas of educational outreach and online education hold exciting new possibilities for expanding course offerings, strengthening collaborative programs, and utilizing technologies to serve students and enrich their learning experiences,” Bukralia says. “I look forward to working with our faculty and staff and the community to help deliver innovative and engaging courses and programs at BHSU.”

Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for Academic Affairs, says that Bukralia is a great fit for this position.

“We were looking for someone to take educational outreach to a new direction and Rajeev’s background experiences and expertise in technology education will be beneficial for the University,” Myers says. “Rajeev will lead University efforts to increase online courses, create more opportunities for BHSU in Rapid City, and be proactive in planning to meet the changing educational needs of the Black Hills community.”

Bukralia, who joined BHSU as the systems librarian in 2002, was the director of libraries and served as an assistant professor prior to his appointment as dean. Bukralia, who has many years of experience in distance education, eLearning, educational outreach, business management, library administration, academic administration, social work, and web development, notes that this appointment brings his career full circle with an emphasis on technology and distance learning.

Bukralia has a master of science in information systems from Dakota State University, a graduate degree in book publishing, and a bachelor of science in chemistry and biology from the University of Delhi, India. Currently, he is pursuing a doctorate in information systems. His doctoral research includes web technologies, artificial intelligence, eLearning systems, and knowledge management. Bukralia also holds industry certifications in various computer technologies and is a certified web developer.

Bukralia was the recipient of BHSU’s Outstanding University Service Award in 2004 and the Board of Regents Faculty eLearning Award in 2007. Under his leadership the library earned the Outstanding University Area Award in 2006.

Previously, Bukralia served as the CEO of Inspiration Courses in India. He led the organization to train over 35,000 economically disadvantaged students from throughout India for various higher learning entrance tests (including medicine and engineering) and to provide vocational training. Bukralia supervised all aspects of the business such as recruiting students, organizing public outreach programs, developing and marketing academic programs, organizing classroom and online teaching, budgeting for projects, fund raising, and supervising faculty for the institution.