||Edward G. Plastow
Dean of Graduate Studies and New Ventures;
Professor of Business Administration
Dr. Ed Plastow returned to Dakota Wesleyan University in 2012 as the dean and professor of graduate studies and new ventures, and also serves as interim chair of the department of business. He previously was a professor of business and economics at DWU from 1988 to 1999, following 15 years in senior business, administrative, and financial management and leadership positions. In 1999, Plastow left DWU to become the founding chair of the department of business at Southeastern University (SEU) in Lakeland, Fla. He served there 13 years as a professor of management and oversaw the growth from its initial seven students to what is now 500 students studying in multiple disciplines in Southeastern’s College of Business and Legal Studies. Their program development included evening, online and MBA programs. Plastow was instrumental in SEU’s gaining of initial and recurring accreditation for SEU’s business programs from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
Plastow also continued his college coaching career at SEU as head men’s basketball coach and subsequently head women’s basketball coach. After serving as an assistant previously at DWU, Coach Plastow went on to garner a 198-124 head coaching mark in nine seasons in Florida, earning coach of the year honors four times. His teams won five NCCAA regional championships, made six national tournament appearances (earning one 3rd place finish), and had eight 20+ win seasons. His athletes earned numerous All-Region and All-American honors while being named a National Scholar Athlete Team twice.
He holds a Ph.D. in management/administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, an MBA from National University (Calif.), and a B.A. from DWU. He also holds active CPA licensure in South Dakota, with consulting experience in not-for-profit organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, and professional sports organizations, including the Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets. Plastow serves DWU students and possesses terminal degree status in management, accounting and sport management. He continues his research interests in leadership and personal financial stewardship.
Plastow is an active Christian missions and ministry leader, ordained with the Assemblies of God.
Plastow and his wife of 40 years, Shannon, met at DWU. They participate in annual summer mission assignments in the Alaska Bush. They have 10 grown children and 20 grandchildren, and they helped start Mitchell Christian High School. They love young people and enjoy travel, country and contemporary Christian music, and they collect antique Lionel trains.