The appointment, effective August 22, was announced by Barry Dunn, dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU, subject to approval of the South Dakota Board of Regents.
As director, Scholl will oversee the research of the Agricultural Experiment Station and facilitate communication between SDSU researchers, stakeholders and clients.
“Dr. Scholl has a distinguished international career as a scientist and administrator,” Dunn said.
“He has created and led a national research program that encompasses several research institutions and has substantial experience in fundraising, grant writing and stakeholder communications. He has supervised staff, recruited scientists and led efforts to transfer scientific discoveries to the public.
“We are at a critical time in South Dakota agriculture and science. We face dramatic budget issues, but also understand the great promise that science holds for our future. Dr. Scholl’s experiences, perspective and vision will help us to explore new ideas and opportunities. His leadership will help us create the scientific and economic future for the state,” Dunn said.
Scholl served as the scientific director of the Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network and on the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Montreal since 2002. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in research and instruction at Louisiana State University. Earlier, he was a member of the faculty of veterinary medicine at the State University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Scholl completed three degrees from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, including a bachelor of science in veterinary science in 1985, a doctorate in veterinary medicine, in 1987, and master of preventive veterinary medicine in epidemiology in the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine. He received his Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Department of Herd Health and Reproduction State University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Scholl said his career experiences have prepared him to serve as director of the SDSU Ag Experiment Station.
“I enjoy facilitating researchers’ best creative work striving to provide them the resources and structure within which they can successfully work,” said Scholl. “It is exciting to work with talented people and play a role in enabling their research as well as fostering relationships with stakeholders and commodity groups,” Scholl said.
Scholl said he is eager to continue fostering strong relationships between SDSU researchers and South Dakota commodity groups. “Cultivating excellent working relationships between South Dakota’s agriculture commodity groups and the SDSU Agricultural Experiment Station researchers will be key to our future success,” Scholl said. “Serving as the bridge between the two groups is what initially attracted me to the position. Over the last nine years, I’ve grown to understand the value in strong communication.”
Scholl brings with him a broad range of administrative experience including intellectual property protection and licensing, research monitoring, strategic planning and stakeholder relations.
Scholl and his wife, Nancy, have four daughters — Madiken, 23, works as a content provider in biological sciences for an Internet start-up company; Leslie, 21, is a psychology student at York University, Toronto; Kimberly, 18, will enroll at SDSU in the fall; and Elizabeth, 15, will attend Brookings High School this fall.
About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from seven different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 30 master’s degree programs and 14 Ph.D. programs.
The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings and at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City.