Dan Black, a chemistry professor and former Science and Mathematics Division Dean at Snow College, has been selected as the new executive director at Utah State University-Brigham City. Black, who received his master’s and doctorate degrees from USU, will oversee the Brigham City, Kaysville and Tremonton regional campuses and centers.
USU President Noelle Cockett made the announcement at USU-Brigham City’s commencement, welcoming Black to the Aggie family and thanking Dean and Executive Director Tom Lee for his service to teaching and administration. Lee was presented with a gift on behalf of USU for his service as he transitions to a new role as director of academic programs for USU Regional Campuses and USU Eastern. Black will begin working as executive director June 1.
“I love the blend of a small-town feel with the benefits of a large university,” said Black. “I am very grateful and humbled that the community and administration feel I can be valuable in serving these areas. I hope I can continue to build on the shoulders of those who have worked so hard to transform these locations into what they are today. I have heard the staff and faculty in these areas are amazing to work with, and I am excited to join the team.”
As a part of USU’s first distance cohort in the educational doctoral program, Black experienced first-hand earning a degree in the regional campus system. During his 22-year teaching career, he spent much of his time teaching via Internet Video Conferencing (IVC) classes.
“Through all of my experience in distance education, both as a student and professor, I learned one major lesson: education can take place at a distance and maintain its rigor and quality,” he said.
As the Science and Mathematics Division dean at Snow, Black gained a lot of experience in higher education administration. Some of his responsibilities included the creation of a natural resources and software engineering program, oversight of the planning, programing and construction of a science center, and working to ensure top-notch faculty were engaged in making a difference to students.
According to Interim Provost Larry Smith, Black’s teaching and administration experience in parts of rural Utah will contribute to his future successes as USU-Brigham City’s new executive director.
“Dan’s career experience has prepared him to easily step into USU’s regional campus system,” Smith said. “We are excited about his leadership and expect future growth and success.”
When he’s not busy restoring cars and discovering new places in the outdoors, Black will be focusing much of his work in helping the students, faculty and staff achieve their goals, as well as those of the community.
“I see my role as that of helping people discover and accomplish their goals,” said Black. “By increasing enrollments, developing programs that meet local needs, and creating a spirit of giving back to the community by maintaining the strong relationships with industry and government, I believe we can create a system where individuals feel empowered.”
As the spring semester ends, Black will be able to focus more on transitioning into his new role by working closely with the current administration.
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