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Recent Leadership Changes Occur in Key BSU Posts

Several senior leadership changes occurred recently at Bemidji State, including the naming of a new interim vice president for academic affairs.

“We have remarkable talent at BSU, and the changes at the senior leadership level represent a cross-section of the high-quality professionals at the University who expertly apply their knowledge, experience, and creativity to enhance the educational environment of those we serve,” President Jon E. Quistgaard said of the recent leadership moves and new hires.

The leadership changes occurring this summer were:

Dr. Nancy Erickson

Dr. Nancy Erickson, former dean of the College of Arts and Letters, is now serving a two-year term as the University’s interim vice presi- dent for academic affairs. In this role, she has leadership responsibil- ities for implementing the reorganization of Bemidji State’s colleges, preparing the University for the Higher Learning Commission reac- creditation visit, advancing the Academic Master Plan, and furthering the University’s mission. Erickson joined the faculty as a profes- sor of German in 1981, was named interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters in 1997, and has served as the college’s dean since 2001.

Dr. Joann Fredrickson

Dr. Joann Fredrickson has accepted a position as associate professor of business administration, stepping down from her role as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Fredrickson was selected for the faculty position following a national search. In 2002, she came to BSU as senior vice president for academic and student affairs and later was named provost and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to her leadership at Bemidji State, Fredrickson served as interim vice president for academic affairs at Southwest Minne- sota State University (SMSU) in Marshall, MN. While at SMSU, she also was a business administration professor and an interim dean for professional studies.

Dr. Don Day

Dr. Donald Day, alumnus and former director of BSU’s Indian Stu- dent Services, returned to his alma mater as executive director of the American Indian Resource Center. Prior to his recent appoint- ment, Day served as president of the Fond du Lac Tribal and Com- munity College in Cloquet, MN, for five years. He was the director of the American Indian Center at St. Cloud State from 1997-99 and from 2001-02. In between, he served as an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. From 1983-97, he worked as Indian Student Services director at BSU.

Dr. Mitch Davidson

Dr. Mitch Davidson joined the campus community as the University’s chief information officer. Davidson came from Western Illinois Uni- versity (WIU) where he was the director of academic computing from 2001-2007. In January 2008, he was named executive director of WIU’s enterprise technology services.

Dr. Patrick Guilfoile

Dr. Patrick Guilfoile was appointed to a three-year term as associate dean of the new College of Arts and Sciences. Joining the Bemidji State faculty in 1994, Guilfoile has taught classes and served as chair in the biology department. During the 2007-2008 academic year, he was the associate dean of professional education in the former College of Professional Studies.


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Social work and nursing joined industrial technology as major programs at Bemidji State to achieve accreditation status during the 2007-08 school year.

Social Work and Nursing Programs Accredited

The social work and nursing programs at Bemidji State each successfully completed accredi- tation reviews this spring.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) reaccred- ited BSU’s baccalaureate degree program in social work. The re- accreditation became effective in March and continues through February 2016.

CSWE accreditation is required for any four-year U.S. college or university offering a degree program in social work. Accredi- tation requires rigorous compli- ance with educational standards that prepare students for social work practice. The reaccredita- tion process includes a detailed self-study that outlines the social work program’s compliance efforts within eight accredita- tion standards.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Department of Nursing’s baccalaureate nursing program for 10 years, the maxi- mum amount that can be granted to a program. The accreditation was awarded in April and contin- ues through June 2018.

officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the pub- lic’s health.

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