Dr. Cecilia Rokusek
Dr. Cecilia Rokusek is a South Dakota native. She has served the higher education field for the past 34 years as a teacher, scholar, and administrator. She has held numerous local, state, and national leadership roles in her field including the national past president of the American Association on Mental Retardation – Dietetics Division and the President of the American Association of Deans of Allied Health.
As she progressed up the academic ladder, Dr. Rokusek has distinguished herself as a professor and proven leader. She has served as Dean of Allied Health and Nursing at both Governors State University in Illinois and Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. She served as Dean of Education at Winona State University in Winona Minnesota and as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University Of South Dakota School Of Medicine. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Education, Planning, and Research for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this position, Dr. Rokusek also is the Executive Director for the Geriatric Resources, Education, and Training Center at NSU and the project manager for the Center for Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness also in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at NSU. Dr. Rokusek is a Professor of both Public Health and Family Medicine at NSU. She is active in presenting lectures related to her many areas of expertise throughout the US and internationally.
Dr. Rokusek holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD, a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Nebraska (where she was a Regent's Scholar), and a doctorate from the University of South Dakota in adult and higher education administration. In 2008 Dr. Rokusek was appointed Slovak Honorary Consul for Florida. In her free time, Dr. Rokusek is devoted to the promotion of education, culture, and business between Slovakia and the US. She is fluent in speaking both the Slovak and Czech languages.