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academic administrator

Lesta Van Der Wert Turchen, American Academic administrator. Avocations: book collecting, travel, antique collecting. F C. Named Danforth Association Danforth Foundation, since 1981.

Background

Turchen, Lesta Van Der Wert was born on January 14, 1944 in Mullan, Idaho, United States. Daughter of Lester J. and Muriel (Webb) Van Der Wert.

Education

Bachelor, U. South Dakot, 1966; Master of Arts, U. South Dakot, 1969; Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, 1972; certified, Harvard Institute for Ednl. Management, 1991.

Career

High school teacher, Winner (South Dakot) Public Schools, 1966-1967; high school teacher, Sioux City (Iowa) Public Schools, 1967-1968; speech instructor, Illinois State University, 1968-1969; assistant professor, associate professor, professor department history, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakot, 1972-1986; assistant academic dean, Dakota Wesleyan University, 1983-1986; acting academic dean, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakot, 1986-1987; vice president academic affairs, dean, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakot, 1987-1992; president, U. Houston-Victoria, since 1992. South Dakot coordinator American Council for Education, National Identification Program for Womenin Higher Education Administration. Consultant historian South Dakot Cultural Heritage Center.

Humanities scholar and grant consultant South Dakot Committee on Humanities. Member of faculty development conference advisory board Bush Foundation. Consultant in field.

Achievements

  • Avocations: book collecting, travel, antique collecting. F C.

Membership

Board of directors, president Friends of the Middle Border Museum, Mitchell, 1979-1992, Victoria Regional Museum, since 1992, Making the Grade, since 1992, Victoria Symphony Society, since 1993, Minority and Business Alliance for Higher Education, since 1993, Cultural Council Victoria, since 1994. Committee member South Dakot Centennial, 1981-1983. Member American Association Higher Education, League of Women Voters, South Dakot History Society (life), South Dakot Humanities Foundation.

Connections

Married Michael Alan Turchen, July 3, 1966.

father:
Lester J. Wert

mother:
Muriel (Webb) Van Der Wert

spouse:
Michael Alan Turchen