Presidents Message

Dickinson State University resides at a unique and positive juncture, poised to make major inroads to becoming a premier university for western North Dakota. Changing student demographics coupled with changing business and energy models in the state bode well for positive growth and a gain in reputation at both a regional and national level.

The importance of teamwork and community cannot be overstated. Together – Dickinson State University, the city of Dickinson, the NDUS system and the state of North Dakota – we can build this community stronger than at any time in its past.

We are a student-centered institution. Let me be clear that we are student-centered, not student driven. We must begin each conversation, project, and individual step along the multiple potential pathways with the question, “How does this decision enhance our students’ education?”

Without the full involvement and support of the faculty and staff, our goals are not achievable. We must move forward together with a singular voice. That process begins with the president and continues with each of the members of the president’s cabinet. We must endeavor to have as open a path of communication as feasible, and we must ensure that professional development and support are available to faculty and staff.

My goals for this year are as follows:

• Develop: Work with the DSU Heritage Foundation to build endowments that will aid students with their education, and allow faculty and staff to continue professional development.

• Strengthen: Increase and stabilize enrollment; Evaluate and improve cybersecurity and controls.

• Unify: Develop a strategic plan and offer professional development to the campus community; Strengthen open lines of communication, connections and partnerships between DSU and the Dickinson Community.

The success of DSU and the city of Dickinson are intertwined in a positive fashion. As we plan for the University’s future, we invite your input and guidance. Together, we will build a strong DSU and Dickinson community.

Best regards,

Thomas Mitzel, Ph.D.


Dickinson State University