Fuqua named graduate dean at BHSU

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, October 3, 2016/Categories: 2016

Black Hills State University appointed Dr. Amy Fuqua as Graduate Dean and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. BHSU enrolled more than 400 graduate students across seven graduate programs this fall.

Dr. Amy Fuqua, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Black Hills State University, was recently appointed to the position of Graduate Dean. Fuqua will retain her current role in addition to new responsibilities as Graduate Dean.

Graduate education continues to be an important aspect of the Black Hills State mission. Dr. Chris Crawford, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at BHSU, said this fall BHSU enrolled more than 400 graduate students across the seven graduate programs currently offered at the University. In addition, Crawford said BHSU has two new graduate offerings under review to meet regional needs.

"In an effort to directly support the graduate school at BHSU, I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Amy Fuqua as the Graduate Dean and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts," said Crawford. "Dr. Fuqua's strengths are well suited to provide leadership as BHSU seeks to grow and improve the quality of our graduate offerings."

Fuqua says she looks forward to working with the BHSU graduate council to make strategic additions to graduate offerings including the addition of new Master of Arts in Teaching programs in English and math.

"I'm delighted for the chance to work with BHSU's graduate faculty and to help them support and strengthen their programs. The first step will be to help them get the word out about all the opportunities we have in graduate education in business, science, education, strategic leadership and sustainability," said Fuqua.

Fuqua said BHSU is developing a master's degree in American Indian Studies. BHSU is perfectly positioned to become a national leader in the field of American Indian Studies, says Fuqua, thanks to the quality faculty in the Center for Indian Studies, and because BHSU enrolls the highest proportion of American Indian students of any South Dakota state institution of higher learning.

Fuqua was named Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in June 2015 and previously served as Chair of the School of Arts and Humanities. She earned a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of South Carolina in 1996, an M.A. from James Madison University in 1991, and a B.S. from Vanderbilt University in 1989.

In addition to her extensive committee work on campus, Fuqua previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish and the Board of Directors for the Spearfish Foundation for Public Education. She has been instrumental in community reading events including several community-wide Big Read events.

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