The new president of Wayne State College will be Marysz Rames, who’s served at South Dakota State University for 29 years, including 15 years as Vice President of Student Affairs.
During her time at SDSU, Rames spent about nine months as interim president.
Rames says, “I decided at that point, I’d like the opportunity to continue to serve in a presidential role and be able to provide leadership at that level to an institution.”
Rames says her time at Dakota State, a smaller university, helped her make the decision to head to Wayne.
“What I find, when you’re a president at a smaller institution,” she says, “you get an opportunity to work more directly with students and faculty and staff and continuing to fulfill the mission of the institution.”
She says that she will miss the leadership at SDSU, but she is excited to get started at Wayne State. Her first day as president will be July 13th.
“My goal is to get there and have an opportunity to meet with the different constituent groups both on campus and externally to talk about the strengths of the institution and the challenges folks see us facing,” she says, “and based on that feedback, talk about where we go from here.”
The current Wayne State president, Curt Frye, is retiring from the position at the end of June.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton