Board Members

The DSU Heritage Foundation Board

The DSU Heritage Foundation Board is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds. The board members are leaders with ties to Dickinson State University or to the community of Dickinson. The board has several sub-committees as well as general meetings, to view the minutes from these meetings select the button to the right.

Dr. Tom Arnold, President

Dr. Thomas Arnold, MD, practices Obstetrics & Gynecology at CHI St. Joseph’s Health Clinic in the Women’s Health department (formerly St. Joseph’s Women’s Clinic).

Dr. Arnold received his medical degree from University of ND School Of Medicine. He has practiced for nearly a quarter of a century and has remained in the Dickinson area. He has delivered over 5000 babies during that time, including some to mothers whom he delivered early in his practice.
In addition to delivering babies, he provides prenatal care to his patients. His professional accomplishments include serving as the District Chair for American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Arnold and his wife Marie have five children. Besides reading and keeping abreast of changing healthcare options and treatments, his hobbies include farming and running.

Mr. Bruce Dolezal, Vice President

Bruce is originally from Killdeer and a 1977 graduate of DSU with a BA in Business Administration and his wife Lisa, a 1983 graduate with an RN degree. While at DSU, he was active in athletics and later involved with the Board of Directors of the Blue Hawk Booster Club and the DSU Foundation.

He has been in banking for 38 years and is currently the Regional President for American Bank Center. Bruce and Lisa have three children. Their son is a banker in Fargo and two their daughters are RN’s in Fargo and Bismarck.


Dr. Dale Hansen, Secretary

Dale grew up in Killdeer and attended Jamestown College and the University of Minnesota. He is a retired dentist who has lived in Dickinson for 50 years and has remained loyal to DSU for all those years. Dale served on the Foundation Board from 1983-1990 and served multiple terms on the Blue Hawk Booster board of directors.

He has faithfully supported DSU financially in all its fund raising campaigns going way back to the D-200 Club where he pledged $50 a year for four years. Dale’s father attended Dickinson Normal and received a teaching certificate in the late 1920’s giving him his start in life. His wife, Glenice was an instructor at DSU for 10 years. For eight of those years, she was chairman of the Nursing department. One of his sons graduated from DSU and two granddaughters are currently attending DSU.

Dale said, “My roots run deep at DSU and I will continue to support DSU and will always be a Blue Hawk.”

Ms. Mary Nordsven, Treasurer

Mary was born and raised in Dickinson, North Dakota, graduating from DSU in 1972. She taught English for six and a half years and then attended law school graduating from the University of Colorado in 1981.

She has practiced law in Colorado, Texas and North Dakota, retiring in April, 2015. Mary resides in Dickinson with her husband, Randy who is employed with Conoco-Phillips.

Mr. Ty Orton, Executive Director

Ty was chosen to serve as Executive Director of the DSU Heritage Foundation by its board of directors in December, 2015. He came to DSU as its men's basketball head coach in 2007, but was most recently a major gifts officer of Sanford Health. He has 13 years of fundraising experience, which began in athletics as head men's basketball coach at McCook (NE) Community College and continued into coaching and fundraising at DSU. Ty and his wife, Michelle, have two sons - Tristan and Cooper.

Mr. Mike Armstrong, Member


Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Dickinson State University in 1975. He was a member of the DSU wrestling team from 1971-1974 and was inducted into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999. Armstrong is currently the president and sole stockholder of The Armstrong Corporation and Armstrong Operating, Inc. He is also an active member in numerous energy industry organizations and owns several thousand acres of farm and ranch land throughout southwestern North Dakota. Armstrong was honored as a DSU Alumni Fellow in 2008. 

His wife, Connie received a bachelor’s degree in education, with a concentration on kindergarten education from DSU in 1997. She was a volunteer in the Dickinson Public School System, a substitute teacher and became a kindergarten teacher in both the Dickinson Public and Catholic School systems.

Mike and Connie donated the TR book collection currently housed at the Foundation House.

Mr. Terald Bang, Member

Mr. Bob Baumann, Member

Bob and his wife Janice Kinnischtzke Baumann '77 are both graduates of DSU and live in Bismarck.  He currently works for the State of North Dakota. 

Mr. Hank Biesiot, Member

Hank is a former football player and coach. He was the head football coach at Dickinson State University, a position he had held since the 1976 season before retiring following the 2013 season. Hank was one of the few college football coaches with over 200 career wins and 30 seasons of experience at the collegiate level. In 2006, he was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame as a coach. He is also in the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the North Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame.

He retired as an Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Mayville State University and a Master of Science from the University of North Dakota.

Hank and his wife Sue have been life-long educators. They have two sons, Vince and Tony – both graduates of DSU.

Mr. Dodie Birdsall, Member


Dodie is the Key Account Manager, on the Grocery West team, for Nestle USA, based in Boise, ID. 

He graduated from Dickinson State University in May 1992, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration. During the 2013 DSU Homecoming, he was recognized by the Business Department as an Alumni Fellow.

On the Birdsall side of the family, including spouses, they have had 18 family members graduate from DSU, 6 more have attended and the list is still growing.

Dodie was born and raised in Dickinson.

Mr. Rob Bollinger, Member-at-Large

Rob is a 1974 graduate of Dickinson State majoring in history, teaching and coaching. He and his wife Lisa have four children: Brooks, Lauren, and Hayley live in Minneapolis, Michael in Grand Forks.

He is the Vice President for Advancement, Cretin-Derham Hall High School, St. Paul, Minnesota. Rob was formerly the Executive Director for University Advancement at Bemidji State University Alumni & Foundation and prior to that a Development Officer & Assistant Athletic Director at the University of North Dakota.

During his coaching career, he was the Offensive Coordinator at UND and Central Missouri State University; head coach at Northern State University in South Dakota, Bismarck Jr. College, and Richardton High School.

Ms. Shirley Dukart, Member

Shirley is a 1961 graduate of Dickinson High School and has a wide and varied work history including Northwestern Bell, Quest, US West aka CenturyLink. She was realtor with Everett Real Estate for approximately eight years and is currently part owner/broker of the Home & Land Real Estate Company. 

She and her husband Richard have two sons Bryan and Blaine and two daughters Becky and Beverly. Three live in Dickinson, Becky in Denver, Colorado.

Shirley was on the Dickinson City Commission and is currently on the Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission. She, her family and her business have sponsored numerous DSU events and a nursing scholarship.

Mr. Robert "Bob" Green, Member


Bob is the owner and President of AG Insurance Services in Fargo and Valley City, North Dakota and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. His wife, Dr. Susan Cordes-Green is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Bob graduated from DSU in 1971.


Mr. Grant Haugland, Member

Grant Haugland is originally from Ambrose, ND and attended Divide County High School in Crosby, ND. He graduated from Dickinson State University in 2003 with a degree in Business Management. During Grant’s time at DSU he was a member of the football and basketball programs.

After graduating from DSU, Grant took a banking position in Crosby that he held for 11 years before moving on to his current position as CFO of New Century Ag. Grant and his wife, Sheila, and daughter, Greenlee, continue to reside in Crosby. He is an active member of the Crosby Volunteer Fire Dept., Dollars for Scholars Chapter, Northwest Outdoorsmen, the Crosby Country Club, and other community organizations.

Dr. Holly McBee, Member

Holly J. McBee is an associate professor of English and the Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in 2007 and began working at DSU in 2008. She primarily teaches composition and British literature courses, in addition to some classes on leadership and literary theory. She has published an article on Dracula and regularly attends academic conferences. She has served on Faculty Senate and numerous committees. When she is not working, Dr. McBee enjoys spending time with her friends and thinking about Halloween costumes and decorations.

Mr. Scott Molander, Member

Scott graduated from Dickinson State University in 1988 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management.  He was the Chief Operating Officer of LIDS Sports Group from 1995 until January, 2016.  He and his wife, Carolyn live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Jim Ozbun, Member

Jim was born and raised on a farm in western North Dakota. He received his BS and MS degrees from North Dakota State University and his PHD in Soils and Plant Physiology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

He served on the faculty and in various leadership positions at Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, Washington State University and as President of North Dakota State University. After retiring, he and his wife Sonja bought a small cattle ranch in Western North Dakota and raised registered Hereford cattle and registered Quarter horses. They sold the ranch in 2010 and moved into Hawks Point, the retirement community on the Dickinson State University campus.

Jim and Sonja have two married children and six grandchildren. They are both actively involved in community affairs.

Dr. Woodrow “Chip” Poland, Member

Chip is chair of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies at DSU. Prior to coming to DSU, he was an extension specialist and animal scientist at the NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center. Dr. Poland holds a Ph.D in Animal Science from South Dakota State University with postdoctoral experience at West Virginia University.

Chip and his wife, Kay, are originally from West Virginia and currently live north of South Heart, North Dakota. They have three children: Seth, Alex and Sam.

Mr. Vince Reep, Member

Vince was employed with Dickinson Public Schools for 41 years before retiring in the spring of 2017.  He served on the board of directors for the Blue Hawk Booster Club from 1987-2003 and served as president from 1991-1993. Vince also served on various North Dakota Educational field boards including, but not limited to, North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders, North Dakota Elementary Principals, and the North Dakota Association of School Administrators Legislative Focus Group.

Ms. Irene Schafer, Member

Irene attended DSU as an ‘other than average’ student for five years and received a Bachelor of Science degree.

She is currently one of the new board members working to re-organize the DSU Heritage Foundation and is serving on two committees including the Centennial Committee which will be organizing our 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Irene was honored at the 2015 Homecoming with the Golden Hawk award. In addition to being involved with a lot of organizations in Dickinson, she is the manager of the Pennysaver & Bakken Weekly. She has been the Executive Officer for the Dickinson Home Builders for 29+ years.

She has three children, Steve, Greg and Nicole, six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Ms. Judi Schnell, Member

Judi graduated from Jamestown High School in 1974 and arrived on the campus of Dickinson State College that fall. While attending DSC, she participated in cheerleading, choral music, student government, theatre productions, rodeo club, and was a member of the college rodeo team.

She graduated in 1978 with a BS degree in elementary teaching and an area of strength in reading. Judi met her husband, Larry Schnell, on the campus of DSU. He is part owner and manager of Stockmen’s Livestock. The have two children; Jay who resides with his wife and two sons in Wahpeton, North Dakota and Dee who lives with her husband and son in Sioux City, Iowa.

Judi was on the Board of Directors of the DSU Alumni Association from 1991-1995 and helped for many years planning Yuletyme and DSU Arts Roundup. She taught elementary classes in the Williston and Dickinson Public Schools system, operated a private pre-school, and was part of the marketing department for Hawks Point (an assisted living facility in Dickinson located on the DSU campus). She currently runs a horse boarding facility in which many of her boarders are on the DSU rodeo team.

Mr. James “Jim” Schwartz, Member

Dickinson is Jim’s hometown. He and his wife Darlene have four children and six grandchildren. He is a 1974 graduate of DSU with professional designations as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Registered Investment Advisor (RIA).

Jim has practiced as a CPA firm and a separate asset management company his whole career specializing in tax, estate, and financial planning.

Mr. Pete Stanton, Member

Mr. George Nodland, Member

George Nodland

George Nodland is a 1972 graduate of Dickinson State College. He is proud to be a veteran. George served his community as both a Stark County Commissioner as well as a Senator in the ND Senate. 

George resides in Dickinson with his wife and retired faculty member, Kayleen. The Nodlands celebrated 50 years of marriage this summer. 

There is no doubt that their love for DSU is as strong today as it was when they were students on our campus. 

Ms. Deb Zillich, Member

Deb was raised in Taylor, ND. She attended NDSU for two years but received her degree in Business Administration from Dickinson State College in 1975. She worked in the accounting department at West Plains Electric Cooperative after graduation and remained committed to her employer until she retired from Roughrider Electric as the Director of Finance and Administration. 

Deb loves DSU and can be found at almost all of the home football games. She enjoys camping, gardening, and spending time with her family and dog, Zoey. 

Dr. Thomas Mitzel, Ex-Officio

Dr. Mitzel is originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, and an alumnus of Northern State University. While at NSU, he participated in track and field and received a BS in chemistry. Tom then earned his PH D in organic chemistry from Boston College and was a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State University. He came to Dickinson State from Trinity College in Connecticut where he served as the Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Prior to his time at Trinity College, Tom spent nearly two years as Dean of the School of Sciences and Interim Director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He served three years as an Associate Academic Dean and Chemistry Professor at Trinity.

He, his wife Rhonda and their two dogs, Lucky and Dakota, are officially residents of Dickinson, North Dakota.