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Hasseler Named Senior VP for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College

Augustana College today announced that Dr. Susan S. Hasseler has been named senior vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. She will begin her new role this summer.

Her appointment marks the first time in Augustana's 151-year history that a woman will serve as Dean of the College.

Hasseler succeeds Dr. Mark Braun who was named Provost and Dean of the College for Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., last spring. For the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Murray Haar, professor and chair of the Department of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, has served as Interim Dean.

"Dr. Hasseler is a passionate educator, a talented scholar and an extraordinary leader with more than 35 years of experience in K-12 and higher education. Her experience in recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty, developing curriculum, and establishing outreach initiatives for students, alumni and community members, along with her track record for innovation and her willingness to go the extra mile on behalf of the faculty, staff and students she serves absolutely make her well-suited for this role," said Rob Oliver, president of the College.

Hasseler most recently served as the Dean of Business, Education and Social Sciences and the Dean of Community Engagement at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. (near Harrisburg), where she oversaw the management and business, elementary and secondary education, psychology, human development and family science, social work and sociology, anthropology and criminal justice departments; the counseling, TESOL, special education; and higher education graduate programs.

Prior to Messiah College, Dr. Hasseler served as Associate Dean for Teacher Education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., from 2000-2008. There, her responsibilities included visioning and strategic planning, community engagement, grant development and evaluation, the development of international programs and online graduate programs; faculty recruitment and development; curriculum development, accreditation and assessment; student recruitment and retention; faculty and staff supervision for an undergraduate teacher preparation program of 750 students and a graduate program of 150 students.

Dr. Hasseler is no stranger to Sioux Falls, having taught in the Unique Learning Experiences program at Patrick Henry Middle School and multiple elementary schools from 1986-1990.

A skilled grant writer, Dr. Hasseler served as the administrator for youth mentoring grants totaling more than $1.4 million from 2008-2011 alone. She is the author of numerous articles on education-related issues and has presented at forums for educators throughout the globe.

Dr. Hasseler holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, a master's degree in Special Education from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.