UT alumna serves as dean at University of South Dakota

March 7, 2013 | Features, UToday, — Education, Health Science and Human Service, Alumni
By Samantha Watson

The University of South Dakota’s new dean of students is a familiar face to The University of Toledo community.



Dr. Kimberly Grieve, who began her position at the University of South Dakota in July, received both her PhD in leadership in higher education and master’s degree in education from UT.

“The curriculum that was offered in the UT leadership and higher education program really gave me a good foundation and understanding to be a well-trained professional,” she said.

Grieve said the classes she took while at UT, combined with research and reflection, helped her gain a good understanding of higher education and what students need to succeed. One of the most beneficial things she experienced was the cohort model of education, which allowed her to work with different university professionals and gain a broader perspective.

Before her current position, Grieve was the dean of student retention at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, and held various positions there adding up to more than 20 years of experience in student and academic affairs.

“To get here it’s taken a combination of my education as well as my diverse experience in student affairs,” Grieve said.

The higher education program at UT features a master of education program with an off-campus professional master’s cohort and an on-campus master’s program. The PhD program focuses on administration and policy analysis, with an on-campus four-year college and leadership cohort and an Ohio community college leadership cohort.

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