Augustana Announces New Office of Graduate and Continuing Education, Names South Dakota Native Dr. Jerry Jorgensen Associate VP

Dr. Jerry Jorgensen leads Augustana's Academic Affairs office and graduate and continuing education initiatives.

Augustana has named South Dakota native Dr. Jerry Jorgensen associate vice president of its new Office of Graduate and Continuing Education.

In his new role, Jorgensen will provide leadership to Augustana’s existing graduate and continuing education programs and also facilitate the development and implementation of new programming. Working alongside faculty, staff and Augustana’s new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Jorgensen will work to build collaborative educational programming with businesses, health care, education and other organizations throughout the region.

A native of South Dakota, Jorgensen most recently served as provost and senior vice president for Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at South Dakota State University. A retired colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve, he also served as deputy director of the Army Reserve Communication Office at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

“With nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Jorgensen brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to this important new office at Augustana,” said Dr. Susan Hasseler, senior vice president for academic affairs. “Not only is he well-suited to provide leadership to our existing programs for adult learners, he is also the perfect choice to help us develop new and innovative graduate and continuing education programs to better serve the needs of today’s changing society. We are very excited to have him on our team.”

Guided by Horizons 2019, Augustana’s five-year strategic plan, new graduate programs in genetic counseling and public accountancy are under development, with anticipated launch dates of fall 2016.  These programs will join current masters’ programs in education and sports administration and leadership.

Also per its strategic plan, Augustana aims to grow its continuing education programming with more workshops, seminars and certificate programs designed for working professionals and life-long learners.

“I am honored and thrilled to be returning to South Dakota to be a part of such a great opportunity as this. It is a dream come true," Jorgensen said. "I look forward to working with the great students, staff and faculty at Augustana.”  

About Jorgensen
Jorgensen earned his doctorate degree in communications studies from the University of Nebraska and received his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree, both in journalism and mass communications, from South Dakota State University. He is also an honors graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.