Photo Gallery

When asked what the first thing he would do after becoming president, Dr. Shirley replied that he would focus on meeting people and listening. He has certainly been true to his word since then, and the photos below commemorate a few of his activities.


Congratulations from Dr. Chaffee

Dr. Shirley was selected to serve as the 12th president of Valley City State University by the State Board of Higher Education in April, 2008. Here, he is shown with VCSU's 11th president, Dr. Ellen Chaffee, who served with distinction for 15 years.

Golf Scramble

Viking Scramble

Even before he officially took office, Dr. Shirley was hard at work. Here he is shown at the annual Viking Scramble golf tournament with (left to right) Glen Schmalz, Sharon Schmalz, Trudy Collins, Don Kulick, Damian Lewis, and Dr. Ellen Chaffee.

Senator Kent Conrad

Senator Kent Conrad

Senator Conrad visited campus in August, and Dr. Shirley hosted him for breakfast at the President's House Guest Inn.

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STEM Workshop with NCTL

In July, VCSU hosted a workshop for K-12 teachers to spread the use of new curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics -- the STEM subjects. The curriculum was developed by VCSU's partner the National Center for Technological Literacy (a unit of the Boston Museum of Science), and the workshop featured instructors from the NCTL.

Front row: NCTL faculty and staff Sharlene Yang, Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Dr. Peter Wong and Lee Pulis.

Back row: VCSU faculty and staff Dr. Gary Thompson, Jim Boe, Dr. Steve Shirley, Dr. Joe Bessie, and Dr. Don Mugan.

Paul McDaniels, Dr. Shirley

Alumni Honors Breakfast

Dr. Shirley presents Paul McDaniels with a Certificate of Merit at the Alumni Honors Breakfast during Homecoming weekend in October 2008.

Richard Gruman, Dr. Shirley, Jennifer

Homecoming Parade

Homecoming is a great time to meet alumni who are returning to campus, often for the first time in years. Here Dr. Shirley is shown participating in the Homecoming Parade. The car is driven by VCSU senior Richard Gruman. Dr. Shirley is accompanied by Jennifer Christensen.

Dr. Shirley, Senator Dorgan, Greg Innocent

Senator Byron Dorgan Visits

U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan visited the campus in November. In this photo, the Senator is shown with Dr. Shirley and VCSU senior Greg Innocent who is spending Spring 2009 semester serving as an Intern in the Senator's office in Washington DC.

State of the University Address

State of the University

Dr. Shirley delivered his first State of the University address in October. His comments included his thoughts on how the university is currently positioned, current challenges, and his vision for growth. A video of the address is available by clicking here.

Parents at Mayville Football Game

New Viking Fans

Dr. Shirley's parents Charlo (left) and Skip (right) have become regulars at Viking athletic events. Here they are shown with Trudy Collins, VCSU's vice president of business affairs at the football game vs. Mayville State in October.

Dr. Shirley & Governor Hoeven

The 2009 Legislative Session

Dr. Shirley presented VCSU's biennial budget request to the North Dakota Senate and House Appropriations committees. He is shown here with Governor John Hoeven and VCSU senior Amanda DeKrey (who also testified before the House Appropriations committee as VCSU's representative to the North Dakota Student Association).

Dealing Black Jack

Dealing Cards

Dr. Shirley hosts a game of Black Jack during Casino Night, one of the many campus activities sponsored by the Viking Campus Activity Board (VCAB). Left to right: Dr. Shirley, Brian Dahlberg, Margaret Wilson, Kyle Vareberg, and Stephen Joersz.

Congressman Pomeroy, Dr. Shirley

Congressman Earl Pomeroy Visits

Congressman Pomeroy, a Valley City native, visited the VCSU campus to meet with students to discuss the problems with the U.S. economy.

Great Wall of China

Visiting China

In December, 2008, President Shirley traveled to China and met with representatives from several universities to discuss possibilities for student and faculty exchange. He visited the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Hangzhou; here he is pictured at the Great Wall of China.

Arizona Reunion

Arizona Reunions

Dr. Shirley attended two alumni reunions in February, 2009 held in Arizona. In this photo (left to right) Pat '59 & Bill '59 Thomas, Dr. Shirley, Janel & Ron '68 Burger and Mary '65 and Henry Schroeder.


Meeting the Merediths

Also in Arizona, Dr. Shirley and Executive Director of Advancement Larry Robinson met with Marjorie and Don Meredith. The Merediths have endowed two renewable scholarships for students who have declared a major in mathematics or science: the Dr. Donald and Marjorie Meredith Family Scholarship and the Grace and Dr. C.J. Meredith Scholarship Endowment.

Office Information

Dr. Alan D. LaFave  

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