Leadership and Staff

Get to know our leadership team who guide the direction of the graduate programs at NDSU.
 

Benton Duncan, Ph.D.
Interim Dean
benton.duncan@ndsu.edu

Contact Our Staff
Business and Operations Team

Nonnie Tangen
Business and Operations Manager
(701) 231-5944
nonnie.tangen@ndsu.edu

Oversees graduate assistantships, background checks, & tuition waivers, including Graduate School fund management, graduate student travel awards, recruitment awards, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, NSF awards, and grant funding.

 
Business Coordinators

Monitors graduate assistantships and tuition waivers including contracts and annual trainings. Serves as the payroll liaison for graduate positions with college payroll admins.

Sam Akers
(701) 231-5762
samantha.akers@ndsu.edu

  • Agriculture, Food Systems & Natural Resources
  • Engineering
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Lab/Chemical Safety Training

 

TBD

  • Health Professions 
  • Non-Academic Programs
  • Contracts and annual training (Baseline Safety and Equal Opportunity/Title IX), Designated Medical Provider and MN Reciprocity)
     

Stacy Vetter
(701) 231-5101
stacy.vetter@ndsu.edu

  • Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Graduate & Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Human Science & Education
  • Processes expense reports, invoices, and reimbursements

 

 

 

Admissions Team

Neely Benton
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
(701) 231-8476
neely.benton@ndsu.edu

Melissa Ostby
Graduate Admission Coordinator
(701) 231- 7034
melissa.j.ostby@ndsu.edu

Sam Akers
Business Coordinator
(701) 231-5762
samantha.akers@ndsu.edu

 

Academic Support Team

Melissa Selders-Ortez
Academic Support Administrator
(701) 231-5945
melissa.seldersortez@ndsu.edu

  • Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources
  • Human Development and Education

 

Robin Cummings Pas
Academic Support Specialist
(701) 231- 8547
robin.cummingspas@ndsu.edu

  • Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Science and Mathematics

Kate Nelson DeShaw
Academic Support Specialist
(701) 231- 6456
katherine.nelson.1@ndsu.edu

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Health Professions
 
Center for Writers

Enrico Sassi
Director
(701) 231-9382
enrico.sassi@ndsu.edu

Danjel Nygard
Dissertation and Thesis Coordinator
(701) 231- 5272
danjel.nygard@ndsu.edu

Kristina Caton
Assistant Director
(701) 231-5264 
kristina.caton@ndsu.edu

Scarlet Gray Bernard
Dissertation and Thesis Processor
(701) 231-8250
scarlet.graybernard@ndsu.edu

 
Connect with Our Faculty

Find a full list of Graduate School faculty in the Graduate Bulletin. Or find out more about our faculty and researchers through the NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity.