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Dr. Carmen Simone named new Campus Dean for Dakota College at Bottineau

dr.simone.jpgDr. Steven Shirley, president of Minot State University (MSU) and Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB), announced Monday that Dr. Carmen Simone will serve as the new campus dean at DCB.

Simone has an extensive administrative background in higher education, and specifically with leadership experiences at two-year colleges. Most recently she served as president of Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, NE. Dr. Simone earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and her doctorate from Colorado State University, both degrees in chemistry.

Simone replaces Dr. Jerry Migler, who retired this summer following seven years of distinguished service as DCB campus dean. In accordance with the operating agreement between the two campuses, DCB is an affiliate/branch campus of Minot State University and the DCB campus dean serves as CEO of the DCB campus, while reporting to the MSU/DCB president.

"I join the entire DCB campus in welcoming Dr. Simone as our new campus dean. We are excited to welcome her into Bottineau and the DCB community, and look forward to her leadership and vision in the years ahead," Shirley said. "Carmen has an extensive history of increasing administrative and leadership responsibilities in higher education, and specifically among two-year institutions. As she has North Dakota roots, it is exciting to officially welcome Dr. Simone back home to the Peace Garden State and the North Dakota University System!”

Dr. Simone is planning to begin her new duties at DCB on Monday, August 15, in time for the start of the 2022-23 academic year.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to have been chosen to join DCB as its next campus dean and I’d like to thank President Shirley for the trust he has placed in me.  I’m looking forward to working with the entire DCB community as we move into the future together,” said Simone.

Earlier in her career, Simone served as vice-president and dean of the University of South Dakota Community College for Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, SD), president of Trinidad State Junior College (Trinidad and Alamosa, CO), provost and vice-president of academic affairs at Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston, ID), and vice-president of academic affairs at Casper College (Casper, WY), where she also taught chemistry for more than ten years.

Simone currently resides in Colorado with her husband, Alan, and they have two grown sons, Anthony and Edward.