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Black Hills State University

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Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Lisa R. Braverman is a leader and innovator in the field of higher education. Her career has included both public and private colleges and universities nationally. She has served at senior leadership levels in distance, continuing, adult, and international education, as well as in strategic community and corporate partnerships.
Lisa Braverman
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Associate Vice President for Student Success
A champion of adult learning, prior to joining Excelsior College, Heather Chakiris was chief student experience officer and director of student and alumni services at UCLA Extension, University of California. In this role she provided executive-level leadership for enrollment management strategy and the creation of the student-service experience for one of the nation’s largest continuing and online education institutions.
Heather Chakiris
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Chancellor
During a 25-year career in higher education, Dr. Rose has been a leader as an academic faculty member and administrator, focused on improving student access to and success in higher education in Oregon. Her leadership roles have included serving as the Chancellor of the Oregon University System, Portland State University’s Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Instruction and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Chair of Portland State University’s Division of Political Science. She currently runs the consulting firm, Rose Strategies, LLC, and most recently served as President of Marylhurst University from 2014 to 2019.
Dr. Melody Rose
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President
Bishop Erwin is the ELCA’s first gay, partnered bishop and the first openly gay male to serve in that office in the churches of the Lutheran World Federation. As an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, on whose reservation he was born in Oklahoma, he is the first Native bishop in the ELCA. In the ELCA Conference of Bishops, he serves on the Executive Committee and as Region 2 liaison bishop to the ELCA Church Council, and as chair of the bishops’ Theological and Ethical Concerns Committee.
Dr. R. Guy Erwin
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Associate Vice President for Academic Technology Services
Since 2013, Dr. Ahmed has served as the Director of Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services at the University of Redlands, leading a team of operational managers, instructional designers, Learning Management System administrators, videographers, and audio/video techs in providing support and services to faculty, staff, students, and academic departments in academic technology online, face to face, and in hybrid format.
Dr. Shariq Ahmed
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Dean of the College of the Arts
For five years, Dr. Bargar has been serving as the University Director of Digital and Creative Industry Collaboration at the University of Salford in the UK (Manchester); and as a professor in Salford’s School of Arts Media with a joint appointment in Computing Sciences. Before that, he served Columbia College Chicago as Dean of the School of Media Arts and Professor, Interactive Arts and Media. And before that, he was Dean of the School of Technology and Design at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York.
Dr. Robin Bargar
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Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Fleishman has served at Minnesota State Mankato for the last five years, most recently as Vice President for Strategic Business, Education, and Regional Partnerships; and before that as Associate Provost of Academic Affairs. Previously, he was a faculty member at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and served in a series of administrative positions-- including Dean of the College of Business and Management; and Department Chair, Graduate Program Coordinator, and Program Coordinator, Department of Sport Management. Prior to joining East Stroudsburg University, Dr. Fleischman was a lecturer in Sport Law, Business Writing and Communications at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dr. Robert Fleischman
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Recent Placements

Vice President for Finance and Administration
Cottey College is pleased to announce the promotion of T.J. Tubbs to vice president of administration and finance. He is currently the associate vice president for facilities and safety. Tubbs will assume his new position on June 1.
T.J. Tubbs
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Vice President for Enrollment Management
Dr. John Allred, Assistant Vice President for Academic Records and Student Services at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, has been named Vice President for Enrollment Management at Black Hills State University.
Dr. John Allred
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Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Priscilla Romkema, a Black Hills State University alum who previously served as a dean and professor at the University, has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at BHSU.
Dr. Priscilla Romkema
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Recent Placements

Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Lisa R. Braverman is a leader and innovator in the field of higher education. Her career has included both public and private colleges and universities nationally. She has served at senior leadership levels in distance, continuing, adult, and international education, as well as in strategic community and corporate partnerships.
Lisa Braverman
Associate Vice President for Student Success
A champion of adult learning, prior to joining Excelsior College, Heather Chakiris was chief student experience officer and director of student and alumni services at UCLA Extension, University of California. In this role she provided executive-level leadership for enrollment management strategy and the creation of the student-service experience for one of the nation’s largest continuing and online education institutions.
Heather Chakiris
Chancellor
During a 25-year career in higher education, Dr. Rose has been a leader as an academic faculty member and administrator, focused on improving student access to and success in higher education in Oregon. Her leadership roles have included serving as the Chancellor of the Oregon University System, Portland State University’s Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Instruction and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Chair of Portland State University’s Division of Political Science. She currently runs the consulting firm, Rose Strategies, LLC, and most recently served as President of Marylhurst University from 2014 to 2019.
Dr. Melody Rose
President
Bishop Erwin is the ELCA’s first gay, partnered bishop and the first openly gay male to serve in that office in the churches of the Lutheran World Federation. As an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, on whose reservation he was born in Oklahoma, he is the first Native bishop in the ELCA. In the ELCA Conference of Bishops, he serves on the Executive Committee and as Region 2 liaison bishop to the ELCA Church Council, and as chair of the bishops’ Theological and Ethical Concerns Committee.
Dr. R. Guy Erwin
Associate Vice President for Academic Technology Services
Since 2013, Dr. Ahmed has served as the Director of Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services at the University of Redlands, leading a team of operational managers, instructional designers, Learning Management System administrators, videographers, and audio/video techs in providing support and services to faculty, staff, students, and academic departments in academic technology online, face to face, and in hybrid format.
Dr. Shariq Ahmed
Dean of the College of the Arts
For five years, Dr. Bargar has been serving as the University Director of Digital and Creative Industry Collaboration at the University of Salford in the UK (Manchester); and as a professor in Salford’s School of Arts Media with a joint appointment in Computing Sciences. Before that, he served Columbia College Chicago as Dean of the School of Media Arts and Professor, Interactive Arts and Media. And before that, he was Dean of the School of Technology and Design at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York.
Dr. Robin Bargar
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Fleishman has served at Minnesota State Mankato for the last five years, most recently as Vice President for Strategic Business, Education, and Regional Partnerships; and before that as Associate Provost of Academic Affairs. Previously, he was a faculty member at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and served in a series of administrative positions-- including Dean of the College of Business and Management; and Department Chair, Graduate Program Coordinator, and Program Coordinator, Department of Sport Management. Prior to joining East Stroudsburg University, Dr. Fleischman was a lecturer in Sport Law, Business Writing and Communications at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dr. Robert Fleischman
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Cottey College is pleased to announce the promotion of T.J. Tubbs to vice president of administration and finance. He is currently the associate vice president for facilities and safety. Tubbs will assume his new position on June 1.
T.J. Tubbs
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Dr. John Allred, Assistant Vice President for Academic Records and Student Services at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, has been named Vice President for Enrollment Management at Black Hills State University.
Dr. John Allred
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Priscilla Romkema, a Black Hills State University alum who previously served as a dean and professor at the University, has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at BHSU.
Dr. Priscilla Romkema

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