Darrell P. Kruger, Ph.D.

Darrell P. Kruger, Ph.D.Dean of the College of Education and Human Development 


Office: 242 Bicentennial Education Center
Phone: 504-280-1278
Fax: 504-280-6065
E-mail: dkruger@uno.edu


Educational Background:
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1994
M.A., Louisiana State University, 1990
B.A., University of Stellenbosch, 1987

Darrell P. Kruger most recently served (2011-2013) as Interim Associate Vice President (AVP) for research and graduate studies at Illinois State University. Prior to his role as AVP, he served as Associate Dean in the College of Education (COE) at Illinois State University from 2005. As Associate Dean his portfolio included research, graduate studies, and international programs. During his tenure as Associate Dean the COE generated more than $40 million in external funding from both federal and private agencies. He also developed new education abroad projects in Mexico and England. Before becoming Associate Dean, Kruger was a tenured faculty member in the College of Education teaching in both the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as well Geography and Geology at Illinois State. He was hired at Illinois State to administer a $2 million National Geographic Society endowment for geography education and led the development of a strategic plan for the Illinois Geographic Alliance that he led for more than a decade.

Prior to coming to Illinois State he was a tenured faculty member in the College of Pure and Applied Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Heis a historical geographer with research interests in South Africa and the U.S. and has published numerous articles and book reviews. The Fulbright he was awarded in 2006 represented the culmination of reading and writing on South Africa for more than a decade. He has received external funding from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society Education Foundation, Fulbright, Small Business administration, and the U.S. Department of Education. Kruger is a member of the Million Dollar Club at Illinois State. The Provost charged him with chairing a campus wide distance education task force for 18 months and many of these recommendations have been implemented.

Most recently, he spent his ACE Fellowship year (2010-2011) in residence at the University of Wisconsin—Madison where he worked on the development of metrics for identifying globally talented graduates through high impact practices including education abroad, international internships, and service learning. In addition to learning about the internationalization of a campus, secondary Fellowship goals included learning about executive leadership and budget and planning. He brings an immigrant and first generation college perspective to higher education being South African and the first person in his family to attend college. Kruger holds a master's and Ph.D. in geography from Louisiana State University. His bachelor's and honors degrees in geography are from Stellenbosch and Natal University respectively in South Africa.