ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has named Eric Kline to the position of chief enrollment management officer, a pivotal role that will shape the future of the institution and its students.

Kline is currently the director of the Northern Academy and an adjunct professor at Northern State University. He will officially begin his new position on June 1.

"Eric brings a wealth of administrative experience and dedication to student access and success," said Dr. Neal Schnoor, president of Northern State University. "He has demonstrated remarkable progress with the Northern Academy, and his leadership will be invaluable to guiding the ongoing implementation of our strategic enrollment management plan."

In addition to his experience at Northern, Kline has served as superintendent at the Aberdeen Christian School and principal at Simmons Middle School, C.C. Lee and May Overby elementary schools in Aberdeen.

"The hiring committee, including Laine Converse, Mina Glatt, Becky Pribyl, Kelsie Roberts, Mike Schmidt and Josh VanLaecken, believed Eric's extensive qualifications, spanning decades of educational experience, his deep knowledge of and commitment to Northern, and his adeptness in engaging both students and parents, make him an ideal match for Northern," said Debbi Bumpous, vice president for technology/CIO.

"I am excited to continue my career path at Northern State University. As a first-generation college student, I have experienced firsthand the positive influence higher education at Northern has had on my life," Kline said. "I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to play a role in shaping the lives of future students who will receive their education from Northern State University."

Kline earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's degree in school administration at Northern State University. He also attended the University of Sioux Falls, where he studied education leadership and earned his specialist degree.