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DWU's executive team restructuring gives new responsibilities, titles to current employees

Dakota Wesleyan University celebrates institutional milestones this year with new position appointments, the dedication of the Corrigan Health Sciences Center and the inauguration of Amy Novak as president.

The university announced its 20th president in April, promoting Novak, former provost, to the position on April 18. Since her appointment, Novak has made additional administrative appointments.

Theresa Kriese, formerly vice president for finance and development, was named executive vice president of the college. Kriese, who has been at DWU since 2008, stepped up last year when DWU's advancement office was in need of a leader and served as both vice president of her department in finance and took on the vice president role in development.

"Theresa's professional experience has been a constant asset to Dakota Wesleyan," Novak said. "As provost, I worked closely with Theresa and Lori Essig as part of the president's council, and our working relationship has been one molded by mutual respect and hard work."

Novak's executive leadership team also includes the newly appointed provost, Dr. Rochelle "Rocky" Von Eye, current math professor and dean of the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences.

"The university's academic affairs department is in very capable hands with Dr. Von Eye in the position of provost," Novak said. "Having served as provost for five years myself, and working closely with all of the deans and faculty, I am confident that Rocky will excel in this position. She is a fascinating and intelligent woman whom I respect."

The dedication of the science center will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Sherman Center, followed by a ceremony in front of the new building with a picnic in Jackson Plaza. The entire community is invited to partake in this celebration and historical event.

Novak's inauguration will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 27, as part of the university's homecoming festivities.

-From a DWU news release