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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:04 pm

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced that interim Secretary of Education Dr. Ben Jones has been appointed as the permanent secretary.

The former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University, Jones began serving in the state office in January. He had been dean at DSU since 2013.

"Dr. Jones' experience with higher education in South Dakota will bring valuable insight to his effectiveness as the state secretary," said Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths, president of DSU. She cited his efforts to expand faculty and student research, develop new programs of study such as the Cyber Leadership and Intelligence degree, and create the Madison Cyber Labs cyber-ethics group, the Classics Institute.

While he said it has been rewarding to be a part of the innovative programs at DSU, Jones said he is looking forward to working to enhance the lives of the next generation of South Dakotans throughout the state.

"I am confident Dr. Jones can accomplish a great deal as secretary of education," Griffiths said.

Dr. Judy Dittman, associate provost/title III director, will continue to serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at DSU.

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