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Pemberton hired as DSU's new provost/VPAA

Posted on 8/13/2012

Dr. D.C. Coston, president of Dickinson State University, announced Aug. 10, that Dr. Cynthia Pemberton, has been appointed to the position of provost/vice president for academic affairs at DSU, effective Sept. 1, 2012.

"It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve as the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Dickinson State University. This is a very important time for DSU, and it was abundantly clear during my campus visit that DSU's outstanding students, faculty and staff are poised and ready to move forward with enthusiasm and reaffirmed excellence," said Pemberton. "This is a truly exciting opportunity, and I am thrilled to be able to join the DSU team, and look forward to becoming an active part of the Dickinson community."

Prior to joining DSU, Pemberton served in a variety of roles during her time at Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, including: the interim dean of the graduate school, associate faculty member of the women's studies program, the chair of the educational leadership department, and professor of educational leadership. In addition, Pemberton served as the senior women's administrator of athletics as well as the head men's and women's swim coach at Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.

"We are excited that Dr. Pemberton accepted our invitation to come to DSU. She brings an outstanding set of experiences as an author and academician, including her time recently in Malta as a Fulbright fellow," said Coston. "She also has a broad set of experiences in university leadership. Her colleagues at Idaho State describe her as a great communicator, engaged with students, and uplifting for faculty and staff."

Pemberton earned her doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis on postsecondary education administration from Portland State University; her master's degree in from Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University); and her bachelor's degree from Willamette University.

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