Office of the President

Office of the President

Dr. Thomas Mitzel

Dr. Thomas Mitzel
President
(701) 483-2326

Dr. Thomas Mitzel began his appointment as the 12th president of Dickinson state University Dec. 21, 2015. Mitzel and his wife Rhonda relocated from Hartford, Connecticut where he served as the vice president for academic affairs (VPAA) at Trinity College (July 2013 – December 2015).

Mitzel began at Trinity College in 1996 as a faculty member in the department of Chemistry where he achieved rank of full professor. In 2008, he accepted the position of associate academic dean and continued to teach chemistry until he left Trinity in 2011. Before his return to Trinity College in 2013, Mitzel served as dean of the School of Natural Sciences (July 2011 – July 2013) and interim director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas (May 2012 - 2013).

Growing up in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Mitzel attended Northern State University where he participated on the track and field team and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He then earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University.