New Academic Leader on Board

November 17, 2013

Dr. Sonia CowenSonia S. Cowen, Ph.D., was recently named Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for NDUS. She began her duties Nov. 12.

“Dr. Cowen has an excellent reputation for helping to build programs,” said Skogen. “We are excited that she is willing to come to North Dakota and contribute her expertise as we fine tune the Pathways to Student Success plan. In her last two positions, Dr. Cowen was specially invited to assist with ground-floor academic programming, and she did an outstanding job. I worked with her in the past, and I am confident she is the right person for this time in our history and for what we plan to achieve.”

As the chief academic officer of NDUS, the Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs oversees all academic and student affairs functions within NDUS including policy development, implementation management, and multi-campus coordination.

“I am looking forward to working with the University System staff and with all of the academic leaders at the outstanding institutions in North Dakota,” Cowen said. “This is an exciting time, and I believe we can accomplish a great deal as we work together to provide the best possible education for our students.”

Skogen said, “What we want is to make sure our students reach their greatest potential, while providing accountability to our citizens for the investments our state is making in our students’ future.”