Beacom Recognizes Sioux Falls Business Leader

Photo of Jack Hopkins, President James W. Abbott and Dean Venky Venkatachalam. Jack Hopkins, president and CEO of CorTrust Bank, was honored with the Beacom's Distinguished Service Award.

VERMILLION, S.D. –The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business honored Jack Hopkins, president and CEO of CorTrust Bank with the school’s Distinguished Service Award last evening. Hopkins was recognized for his leadership to the business school and for his commitment to the regional economy.

Hopkins, an accounting graduate from the University of South Dakota, spearheaded CorTrust Bank’s expansion in the Sioux Falls market. During his service, CorTrust has grown in assets from $110 million to $775 million.

"Jack Hopkins is a banking leader in our region and we are pleased to honor his many successes,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Our dedicated alumni, like Jack, are providing tremendous leadership to the state, to our business community, and are inspiring to future generations of business students.”


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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