OUR VIEW: Duffett’s reign was a good one for DWU, MitchellIt’s been quite a ride for Duffett. He brought a master’s in theology from Princeton to Mitchell in 2000 and oversaw what may have been the greatest period of development in the history of Dakota Wesleyan.
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
Bob Duffett, president of Dakota Wesleyan University, is leaving. After more than a decade at the local campus, Duffett has accepted the position of president at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., which is located near Philadelphia.
It’s been quite a ride for Duffett. He brought a master’s in theology from Princeton to Mitchell in 2000 and oversaw what may have been the greatest period of development in the history of Dakota Wesleyan.
He was in charge during numerous development projects, including the much publicized construction of the McGovern Library. The McGovern project culminated with a grand dedication event, attended by some of South Dakota’s most notable figures, as well as former President Bill Clinton. It was an event that should go down as a highlight in the history of Mitchell.
Duffett also oversaw the building of the Sherman Center, new student apartments and the Jackson Plaza. He was at his post during various renovation projects, including Allen and Dayton halls and the Wagner Chapel.
And, most recently, he helped lead the effort to build the Glenda K. Corrigan Health Services Center, which will open next fall.
Few people can say they were in charge of so many projects that are of such grand impact.
Duffett certainly cannot take all of the credit for these improvements, nor does he attempt to do so. But it’s a fact that these great projects happened under his watch, guidance and fundraising leadership.
Bob Duffett had a good run as president of Dakota Wesleyan University, and his footprint will forever be etched in the local landscape.