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S.D. legislator Sly delivers

commencement address

​South Dakota

legislator and

Northern State

University alumna


(Peterson) Sly

’69 delivered the

university’s spring

commencement address at the ceremony, held May 7

in the Barnett Center. Sly, a longtime educator in South

Dakota, played a key role in advancing the education

bills this session as co-chair of the Governor’s Blue

Ribbon Task Force on K-12 Education Funding.

Sly received her bachelor’s degrees in elementary and

special education from Northern in 1969. In 1996, she

completed her master’s in curriculum and instruction

from Black Hills State University.

Sly worked as a teacher for 37 years, teaching

throughout South Dakota in the areas of special

education, elementary education and alternative


“In 1966, Northern was my first home away from

home as an 18 year old,” she said. “It provided me with

a sense of belonging and being a part of something

bigger, beyond the safety net of my family and my

hometown of Platte.”

NSU awarded accreditation of

its business programs

Northern State University’s business

programs have been awarded

accreditation from a leading

specialized association for business

education, the Accreditation Council

for Business Schools and Programs.

The ACBSP accreditation is a

tremendous honor for the NSU

School of Business, said Dr. Willard Broucek, dean.

“Specialized accreditation recognizes the School of

Business’ commitment to provide the highest quality

business education for our students,” Broucek said.

“Quality, continuous improvement, and academic

excellence are the benchmarks by which we judge our


ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and

learning processes within the business programs and

degrees offered by the NSU School of Business meet

the rigorous educational standards established by


NSU officials received the Certificate of Accreditation

at the ACBSP Conference 2016 in Atlanta, Ga., on

June 19.



South Dakota


Dr. Timothy M. Downs has been named the 17th president

of Northern State University by the South Dakota Board

of Regents.

Timothy Downs named

NSU president




president at NSU on

June 27, succeeding

r. James M. Smith, who

assumed the presidency of

Eastern Michigan University

July 1.

Downs was formerly the

provost and chief academic

officer of New York’s Niagara

University. He provided

leadership and supervision

for all facets of Niagara

University’s academic affairs

work since 2011.

“In his academic life,

Dr. Timothy Downs has

worked as a faculty member

and administrator across

all levels of the institution. He

has been at the forefront of

initiatives to improve the student

learning experience,” said Regent

Harvey Jewett, who chaired the

presidential search committee.

“We were impressed with his

commitment to a learning tradition

that develops students as critical

thinkers, lifelong learners, and

socially responsible leaders. We

are pleased to welcome him to

South Dakota, to Northern State

University, and to the community

of Aberdeen.”

Downs said, “I am excited to

join the Northern State University

learning community and am

extremely honored to serve as

the next president. Northern has

a great reputation for providing

exceptional learning opportunities

and being an outstanding partner

in the Aberdeen community and

beyond. It is evident that the

talented faculty and staff I met

during the search process are the

reason why Northern students

love their campus and alumni are

loyal supporters of the institution.

In fact, everyone I met during the

campus visit, including those from

the university, community, and the

Board of Regents, confirmed that

this opportunity is very special.

I look forward to engaging with

students, alumni and friends of

Northern to continuously improve

upon the Northern experience

and learning outcomes for our

students. Additionally, I am excited

to engage in the continued work to

strengthen our local and regional

economies, recognizing that these

partnerships are critical to the

success of Northern, the region,

and the State of South Dakota.”

Now in his 28th year in the

higher education field, Downs

holds a Ph.D. in organizational

communication from the

University of Oklahoma. He

earned a master’s degree in

communication studies fromWest

Virginia University, and a B.A.

degree, also in communication

studies, from California State

University, Sacramento.

Dr. Downs and his wife, Mary, are

excited to join the NSU campus and

the Aberdeen communities. Tim

and Mary enjoy hiking and biking,

exercising their two dogs (Bob and

Harvey), along with an occasional

round of golf.