Roidt named provost

MITCHELL, S.D. – Joseph Roidt, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Davis & Elkins College, has been named provost at Dakota Wesleyan University. He will assume his duties July 1, following the retirement of current provost, Dr. Rochelle “Rocky” Von Eye.

“Dr. Roidt brings a variety of experiences and accomplishments that make him an excellent fit for Dakota Wesleyan,” said DWU’s President Amy Novak. “His commitment to academic excellence, his extensive experience with assessment of student learning, his spirited engagement in innovation, his support of rural communities, and his understanding of the distinctions created by small college experiences solidified our decision to hire him as the next university provost.”

As provost, Roidt will oversee all of Dakota Wesleyan’s academic functions, as well as the department of student life.

Roidt received a bachelor of arts in sociology from Kent State University and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Before joining D&E, Roidt taught at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.

He joined the Davis & Elkins Department of Sociology in 2001. In 2009, he was promoted to full professor, granted tenure and named associate provost. In 2012, he assumed the role of vice president for academic affairs and chief financial officer. His accomplishments include developing courses for D&E’s winter semester; working collaboratively with various campus departments to implement successful retention efforts and update the faculty handbook and various college policies; coordinating the Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation self-study; and launching D&E’s inaugural online programs.

In 2007, Roidt received the college’s Lois Latham award for teaching excellence.

He and his wife, Vickie, have two adult children.


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