Margaret Dahlberg, Interim President

Margaret Dahlberg, Ph.D., VCSU interim president
Margaret Dahlberg, Ph.D., VCSU interim president 

Margaret Dahlberg, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Valley City State University, was appointed interim president of VCSU by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, effective Dec. 16, 2017. Dahlberg succeeded Tisa Mason, who resigned the VCSU presidency to accept the presidency of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

Dahlberg has returned to a familiar role as interim president. She served in that same capacity from July–December 2014, between the departure of former president Steve Shirley to Minot State University and the arrival of Mason.

Formerly professor of English and chair of the communication arts department, Dahlberg was appointed interim vice president for academic affairs in April 2009. In January 2010, she was named vice president for academic affairs (VPAA).

As VPAA, Dahlberg directs all facets of the VCSU academic program and has led the university’s accreditation efforts. She has also taken the lead role in the VCSU strategic planning process.

Dahlberg holds three degrees in English: a doctorate and a master’s degree, both from the University of North Dakota, along with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.

Alan LaFave, Incoming President

Alan LaFave, D.M.A., VCSU’s next president
Alan LaFave, D.M.A., VCSU’s next president 

On Sept. 27, 2018, the State Board of Higher Education named Alan LaFave, D.M.A. as the next president of Valley City State University. LaFave currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. LaFave will begin his appointment as VCSU president on Dec. 17, 2018.

More about LaFave's selection as VCSU president can be found at

Office Information

Interim President
Dr. Margaret Dahlberg 

Executive Assistant
Rhonda Fairfield
Office Location
McFarland 216

Office Hours
Academic Year
7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Mailing Address
Office of the President
Valley City State University
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072