Mesalands instructional services dean retires

Special to the QCS

David Gallatin, Dean of Instructional Services at Mesalands Comm-unity College, says goodbye after 20 years of dedicated service.

Under his leadership, the college has made significant strides in improvement of facilities, curriculum, and enrollment.

“Dr. Gallatin has been an integral part of redesigning the college for the past 14 years,” said Phillip O. Barry, president of Mesalands Community College. “And more of his success can be attributed to his perseverance and his dedication to the college’s mission.”

After five years as an Ag-Business instructor at Mesa-lands, in 1996 Gallatin was appointed to the position of Dean of Instructional Services. He assumed the role of Dean over both the Administrative Services and Instructional Services divisions.

“I took over both divisions, in order for the college to survive!” Gallatin said. “It was more durable back then because we had fewer students.”

One achievement of remarkable significance, made while Gallatin served as Dean of Instructional Services, is the ten-year accreditation status the college obtained from The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Gallatin has also been instrumental in improving and growing the college’s physical facilities, and obtaining funds to sustain programs like the North American Wind Research and Training Center (NAWRTC), the Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum, the Intercollegiate Rodeo Team, and others.

Gallatin’s retirement is effective Thursday. He says he has enjoyed working at Mesalands, but is ready for retirement.

“I loved my job at the college. It’s different all the time and hopefully I have made an impact on the college, the community, and the people.” Gallatin said. “Now it’s someone else’s turn!”

Gallatin says after retirement he plans to spend more time with his family and looks forward to travelling, camping, horseback riding, and hunting.

Gallatin’s position will be replaced by Natalie Gillard and David Plummer.

Gillard will assume the role of Dean of Academic Affairs after being promoted from the Associate Dean of Instructional Services at Mesalands. She has been employed at the college since 1994.

Plummer has been appointed to the Dean of Administrative Services. He moved from Mission, Texas, and brings 12 years of experience in higher education at the community college level.

“There’s no reason the new Dean’s shouldn’t do great.” Gallatin said. “I think what’s important here is that they put in as much time as it takes to continue to move the college forward.”