Sep 25, 2013

USD Alum Col. Kenneth Tauke to deliver Farber Forum on Oct. 2

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Col. Kenneth Tauke, a graduate of the University of South Dakota, will present “Developing Leadership and Leadership in Transition” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Farber Hall, Old Main.

Presented by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the USD Political Science League, the lecture is free and open to the public and will address leadership development and leadership in a time of crisis or transition.

Tauke, the recipient of two Bronze Star Awards, entered the United States Army in 1983 as a private in the Military Police Corps. Following the completion of his enlistment, Tauke attended USD and enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corp and was commissioned after graduating from USD in 1989. He is transitioning to be the Division Chief, Joint Security Office, Forward, USCENTCOM at Al Udeid, Qatar. His civilian education includes two master’s degrees, one in political science and one in speech communication, as well as a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice – all from USD. Tauke’s military education includes Command General Staff College, Airborne School, Patrol Dog Handler School, Military Police AIT, Primary Leadership Development Course and Special Reaction Team Training. He and his wife, Wendy, have five children and currently reside in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

For more information about this event, please contact the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at (605) 677-5702 or e-mail

About the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership

The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership offers the Civic Leadership Studies program, a 21-hour minor designed to complement any major at The U. The program combines academic instruction, enrichment opportunities, and civic leadership experience, with an emphasis on major theories of leadership and citizenship, the dynamics between leaders and followers, the impact of differing cultural, social, gender, ethnic, religious, and political views on civic leadership, the uses and misuses of power that can occur in leadership situations and the role of ethics and law in framing and resolving civic problems.

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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