Army Brigadier General to Speak at USD Military Ball

Image Brig. Gen. Ronald Place Army Brig. Gen. Ronald Place, a USD ROTC graduate who will speak at Saturday's military ball.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- An alumnus of the University of South Dakota Reserve Officer Training Corps who’s now a brigadier general in the U.S. Army will host ROTC’s annual military ball Saturday on campus.

In honor of the 96th annual ball at USD, 25 men and women enrolled in ROTC and their guests will celebrate in the Muenster University Center. The event coincides with the 100th anniversary of Army ROTC.

Brig. Gen. Ronald Place graduated from USD in 1986 with a degree in chemistry and was commissioned a second lieutenant as a distinguished military graduate of the ROTC program. He received a doctor of medicine cum laude from Creighton University School of Medicine.

In 2015, Place was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and took responsibility for the Regional Health Command-Atlantic in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He’s responsible for 14 military medical treatment facilities on the Eastern seaboard and in the Southeast.

This weekend, nearly 30 years after graduating from USD, Place returns to campus to share his leadership and medical experience with USD leaders, faculty and aspiring cadets.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News