Mary Kate Martin | May 12, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
When Amy Novak '93 and her family finally settled in Mitchell, South Dakota in 2003, she cold-called Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU), asking for a job.
They had an opening for a director of a government grant, and Novak was hired for the position. Within seven months, she was able to secure more than $1 million in additional grant money for low-income, first-generation students. From there, Novak quickly moved up the ranks.
In June 2013, she was installed as the university’s first female president.