Ridgewater College welcomes new dean of liberal arts and sciences

David Gifford is the new dean of liberal arts and sciences at Ridgewater College. He will oversee transfer programs and has experience working with diverse populations.

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WILLMAR — Minnesota native David Gifford is Ridgewater College’s new dean of liberal arts and sciences, overseeing transfer programs.

Gifford is originally from Detroit Lakes and joined the college from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He joined Ridgewater in January.

Gifford was dean of science, technology, engineering and math at the dual-mission, Hispanic-serving school in the central Rockies of Colorado. His previous roles at that college were as assistant dean of instruction, developmental math instructor and adjunct faculty representative.

David Gifford, Ridgewater College
David Gifford, Ridgewater College’s new dean of liberal arts and sciences,

Before working in higher education, Gifford taught and tutored secondary math and science for grades 7-12 in Colorado, Washington and Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Portland and is finishing a doctorate in interdisciplinary leadership from Creighton University.

Gifford currently lives in Hutchinson with his wife and three children.

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