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Margaret Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald, Margaret
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North Dakota State University
NDSU Dept. 2600
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58018-6050


Margaret Fitzgerald is dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Prior to moving into administration, she taught in both the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance family financial planning and gerontology programs. Currently, she serves on the Great Plains IDEA Human Science Board of Directors and is board liaison to the Great Plains IDEA dietetics program.

Fitzgerald studies family-owned businesses with the Family Business Research Group, which collected the National Family Business Panel data (1997, 2000, 2007, and 2016 waves). Her research interests include copreneurial couples, gender and management, business social responsibility, and community vitality. 


Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with emphasis in Family Resource Management and minor in Economics, Iowa State University, 1997
M.S. in Family Resources and Human Development, Arizona State University, 1988
B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations with honors; minors in Home Management/ Family Economics and Sociology, North Dakota State University, 1983