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Finalists named for Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Extended Studies

South Dakota State University today named four finalists for the position of vice provost for graduate education and extended studies. The finalists will be on campus next week.
 
The position works closely with faculty and leadership across the university as well as with regional, national and global external partners to strengthen graduate and extended education across academic disciplines.
 
The finalists include:
 
Sanjeev Anand, Ph.D.
Professor of Dairy Science, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
South Dakota State University

Anand is a professor in dairy science at SDSU, a rank he has held since 2014, specializing in microbiological quality and safety of dairy foods, with over 36 years of teaching and research experience.
He will interview March 24 and his open forum will be held from 1-1:45 p.m. in the University Student Union, room 253, and via zoom at Anand Zoom.
 
He obtained his M.S. and doctoral degrees in dairy microbiology from the National Dairy Research Institute, India. He was also a visiting professor at the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety, University of Guelph, Ontario (2001-2002).
 
Anand joined SDSU in 2006 as an assistant professor of dairy manufacturing. Prior to that, he worked for the Agricultural Research Services, Indian Council of Agricultural Research from 1985-2006 in various capacities as a scientist to principal scientist (professor).
 
Suzette Burckhard, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Academics, Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering
South Dakota State University

Burckhard is the assistant dean of academics in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering and a professor in its Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
She will interview Wednesday and her open forum will be held from 1-1:45 p.m. in the University Student Union, room 253, and via zoom at Burckhard Zoom.
 
She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from South Dakota State University and two Master of Science degrees and a doctorate from Kansas State University.
 
Burckhard has served as the interim head for the Department of Construction and Operations Management and assistant head in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She also manages a National Science Foundation-funded scholarship program for students in engineering at SDSU and previously managed the SDSU portion of a collaborative program to establish a pre-engineering degree at Oglala Lakota College.
 
Victor Taylor
Senior Academic Officer, Director, Division of Graduate and Professional Programs
York College of Pennsylvania

Taylor is the director of the Division of Graduate and Professional Programs at York College of Pennsylvania and former chair of the English and humanities department. He has held his current position since 2017.
He will interview Monday and his open forum will be held from 1-1:45 p.m. in the University Student Union, room 253, and via zoom at Taylor Zoom.
Taylor holds a doctorate in humanities and a Master of Arts in English literature, both from Syracuse University. His bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English was earned from Le Moyne College.

Taylor’s tenure at York started in 1998 as an assistant professor in English and humanities. He earned the title of professor in 2010 and became department chair for the Department of English and Humanities in 2013. He also served as the founding director of the YCP Institute for Civics Arts and Humanities at York, as well as a special project facilitator for the president’s office and director of the Presidential Research Fellows Honors Program.
 
Cody Wright, Ph.D.
Professor, Cow-Calf Nutrition and Management
South Dakota State University

Wright has been a professor in the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University since 2001. His career began as an SDSU Extension beef cattle specialist before teaching courses in ruminant livestock production systems, livestock nutrition and seedstock merchandising in 2011.
He will interview Tuesday and his open forum will be held from 1-1:45 p.m. in the University Student Union, room 253, and via zoom at Wright Zoom.
 
Wright earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from SDSU, a Master of Science in animal science from Kansas State and his doctorate in animal science from North Carolina State.
 
Wright is also the faculty coordinator for both the SDSU Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility and the SDSU Sheep Unit and has been chairman of the Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting and Research Symposia.
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