VCSU Vice President Margaret Dahlberg to serve as Interim President at VCSU


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CITY, N.D. ( – Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, vice president for academic affairs at Valley City State University has been appointed interim president of VCSU by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.

On December 16th, Dahlberg will succeed president Dr. Tisa Mason who resigned to accept the presidency of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

This isn’t the first time Dahlberg has served as the interim president at Valley City State University. She served as president from July of 2014 to December of 2014 following the departure of former VCSU president Steve Shirley after he accepted the presidency at Minot State University.

In her current position, Dahlberg directs all facets of the VCSU academic program and has led the university’s accreditation efforts. She has also taken the lead role in the VCSU strategic planning process.

Dahlberg holds three degrees in English: a doctorate and a master’s degree, from the University of North Dakota, along with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.

As a child, she attended the Model School of Valley City State Teachers College when her father, H.O. Pearce, served as school superintendent. The Pearce family moved to Platteville, Wis., during Dahlberg’s childhood, but she returned to Valley City State as an English professor in 1996.

She and her husband, Paul Dahlberg, make their home in Valley City. The couple has three adult sons, who all attended Valley City State University.

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