The College of Arts & Sciences at Dakota State University will have new leadership for the 2023-2024 academic year. 


Dr. Mark Spanier has been named the interim Dean of Arts & Sciences. The current dean, Dr. David Kenley, is transitioning to a teaching role after the summer. Dr. Stacey Berry has been named associate Dean in Arts & Sciences


Spanier began his DSU career in 2015 as a member of the Arts & Sciences’ mathematics faculty, but his interests and research focus on cryptography and artificial intelligence/machine learning prompted a shift to The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences in 2019, where he is now an Associate Professor.  The university will conduct a national search for Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences in 2023-24.


Berry’s experience teaching in humanities and her connection to research endeavors at Dakota State made her an ideal candidate for this position. She is a Professor of English, chair of the Institutional Research Board, and the coordinator of Undergraduate Research. She also received the 2014 Alexander “Sandy” Davidson Award for Excellence in Advising. 

Berry will begin this new position in August