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The Graduate School promotes excellence in graduate education by providing consistent, responsive support and open communication for students and the NDSU community.

Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies

David A. Wittrock, Ph.D.

As Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies and Dean of the College of University Studies, Dr. David Wittrock is responsible for the administration of all graduate education activities and graduate interdisciplinary programs, supervising distance education activities, and overseeing the College of University Studies. Under Dr. Wittrock's leadership, the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies at North Dakota State University has attained Carnegie Foundation Comprehensive Doctoral Status.

Dr. Wittrock earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his doctoral degree at the State University of New York at Albany. He rearned his doctoral training in clinical psychology and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on topics dealing with the interactions of stress and coping and the experiences of headache and pain. Dr. Wittrock has been employed by NDSU since 1989 and is a professor in the Department of Psychology. He was named Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies and Dean of University Studies in 2003.

Associate Dean

Dr. Brandy A. Randall

Dr. Randall will lead the student professional development and program development and review aspects of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.  This includes working with graduate programs and the Graduate Council to develop curriculum, working with the Program Review committee to evaluate program efficacy, and working with graduate programs to develop workforce and professional development activities for graduate students.  Randall will also continue in her role as an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. 

Randall’s research involves relational and contextual influences on adolescents’ and young adults’ positive and problem behaviors, with a particular focus on rural youth.  She has published 12 journal articles, eight book chapters and two book reviews. She is currently the associate chair of the Youth Development master’s degree faculty group for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of public universities that provides inter-institutional online masters programs. 

Randall is a native of Nebraska and earned a B.A. in psychology from Creighton University Omaha, Nebr., a M.A. in social-personality psychology and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  She joined NDSU as an assistant professor in 2002.

Nonnie Tangen
Assistant to the Dean
(701) 231-5944


Sonya Goergen
Marketing, Public Relations and Recruitment Coordinator
(701) 231-7771

Melissa Ostby
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Tami Leith
Application Processor
(701) 231-5940

Madonna Fitzgerald
Academic Assistant
College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Architecture program

Brittney Knowlton
Student Services Associate
(701) 231-8547

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Engineering
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Melissa Selders-Ortez
Student Services Associate

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College of Business
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Cathy Marks
Student Records Support



Carissa Wolf
Disquisition Processor
(701) 231-5272

Nikki Rude
Office Assistant
(701) 231-7033


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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7033
Campus address:  106 Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address:  NDSU Dept. 2820/PO Box 6050/Fargo, ND 58108
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Last Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 9:20:57 AM