Iroquois native joins DWU


MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University announces the hiring of Iroquois native Jodi Landgaard for the position of Vice-President of Finance and Administration.

Landgaard currently serves as the vice president of finance and facilities for Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Worthington, Minn. Landgaard also served one year as interim executive vice president and eight years as the college’s director of financial aid. She has also worked as a project manager for Prairie Holdings Group, and for Circle C Foods, Express Personnel and Citibank.

Her 27-year career includes management of a $25 million annual operating budget; management of major construction projects; collaboration with regional industry partners to promote enrollment strategies and reduce student debt; leadership and direction for two capital bonding projects; financial and facilities operation for five campuses with 250 total employees; and a well-rounded approach to leadership.

Landgaard holds an MBA from the University of South Dakota and a BA from Dakota Wesleyan in Business Administration.

“It’s a testament to the quality of DWU that we have attracted and retained someone with Jodi’s experience,” said DWU president Dr. Dan Kittle. “She will immediately provide a positive impact on campus, including within our leadership team, as she brings a wealth of experience to the work, as well as the proven ability to lead.”

Landgaard will immediately join DWU’s President’s Cabinet, the leadership team responsible for all university operations.

“Dakota Wesleyan University has always been a special place to me,” said Landgaard. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve my alma mater in this capacity. I look forward to contributing to the mission and the values that are integral to the success of DWU.”

The Iroquois native is married to John Landgaard. They are parents to three adult children. She will begin her new job on Aug. 1.