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Board of Regents Elects New Officers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Board of Regents Elects New Officers
SPEARFISH, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota Board of Regents elected new officers Tuesday for the coming year.
Regents chose Pam Roberts of Pierre as their president. She replaces John W. Bastian, who served as president since 2020 and continues as a member of the board.
Regents also elected Jim Thares of Aberdeen as vice president and Tony Venhuizen of Sioux Falls as the board’s secretary.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Roberts to the Board of Regents in 2016. She retired from state government after a career in senior leadership roles serving on the cabinet of five South Dakota governors, including positions as state labor secretary, state personnel commissioner, and chief of operations. Roberts and her husband, Clay, operate their family’s ranch in Stanley and Lyman counties.


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