Dec 5, 2011

Steve Brown to lead University of South Dakota Foundation

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Foundation announced today that Steve Brown will serve as President and CEO effective Jan. 9, 2012.

A fundraising executive with more than 20 years of experience, Brown replaces former USD Foundation President and CEO Bryan Benchoff, now at Ohio University.  As vice president for development at the Indiana State University Foundation in Terre Haute, Ind., he has extensive campaign experience and served as the architect for Indiana State University’s first comprehensive campaign.

Brown, a native of central Indiana, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University. He worked in development for Junior Achievement, Wabash College and Franklin College before returning to his alma mater in 2005.

As president and CEO of the USD Foundation, Brown will be responsible for planning, executing and managing all fund-raising activities, including an upcoming fundraising campaign, which is in its planning stages. He will oversee the Foundation’s endowment, worth more than $155 million, a $3.9 million annual budget and staff of 30.

“I am very pleased Steve has accepted the position as president of the Foundation,” stated James W. Abbott, president of the University of South Dakota, who lauds Brown’s expertise and looks forward to working with him. “His significant fundraising and foundation management experience plus his enthusiasm and warm and engaging personality make him a great addition to USD, the Foundation and Vermillion.”

A photo of Steve Brown is available for download at

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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