Graduate School Leadership
David A. Wittrock, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies
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 earned 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.
Brandy A. Randall, Ph.D.
Dr. Brandy Randall joined The Graduate School as associate dean in 2013. Dr. Randall leads 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 is also 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.
Thomas I. Wahl, Ph.D.
In 2014, Dr. Thomas I. Wahl was named associate dean of The Graduate School. Dr. Wahl is responsible for graduate student fellowships and funding programs as well as for coordinating interdisciplinary programs.
Dr. Wahl is a professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, where his research focuses on trade policy, consumers’ attitudes and preferences, international marketing and trade as well as food demand. He received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in agribusiness and agricultural economics from Iowa State University.