Dr. Dawn Frank named at Oglala Lakota College President

New LogoRAPID CITY, S.D. -Dr. Dawn Frank was named Oglala Lakota College President on Friday.

Frank, is an Oglala Sioux Tribal member and grew up and currently resides on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service and her Master’s in Lakota Leadership from Oglala Lakota College. She received her Doctorate from South Dakota State University in Biological Sciences.

“We are very impressed with Dr. Frank’s credentials to be the next OLC President and her wealth of experience leading the College’s Academic Division. Her experience and proven leadership skills will bring continuity and lead the college into the future”, said Board President Dennis Brewer.

She has served as the Vice President of Instruction at Oglala Lakota College for the past nine years and previously led the Graduate Studies Department.  She also serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission.

“I am very pleased that the Board of Trustees has selected an experienced manager and extraordinary leader to replace me as the next President of Oglala Lakota College,” stated retiring President Thomas Shortbull.

In her new role, she will continue strengthening the existing academic and non-academic programs and student support services while exploring new degree offerings at the bachelor’s and master’s level and workforce skills in vocational education to meet the employment needs on and off the reservation.

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