Douglas D. Knowlton

Douglas D. Knowlton
21st President of Dakota State
In office
Preceded by Jerald A. Tunheim
Succeeded by William W. Girton
 Personal Details
Born  1950
Died  July 5, 2017 Fargo, North Dakota


Dr. Knowlton began his duties as the 21st President of Dakota State University on January 5, 2004. His BA degree is from the University of Denver-Phi Beta Kappa, his MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota, and he did postdoctoral studies at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. He is the former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, where he served for six years. He held faculty positions at the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He served as the Director of the Child Evaluation and Treatment Program at UND’s Medical Center Rehabilitation Hospital for twelve years. For eleven years, he was a clinical psychologist in private practice with the Family Institute in Grand Forks, North Dakota. For ten years he served on the State Board of Technical Colleges and for three years on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board. Dr. Knowlton was a member of Rotary International, on the governing board of First Presbyterian Church in Madison, a member of the Lake Area Improvement Corporation, South Dakota’s representative to the council of representatives for American Association of State Colleges and Universities and a member of the board of trustees for the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. 

Source: Office of the President, 2006