Sheila Gestring became the 18th president of the University of South Dakota June 22, 2018. Gestring is a South Dakota native and earned her Master of Business Administration degree from USD in 2014. She is the second alumni and woman to serve as president. Prior to becoming president of USD, Gestring served as chief financial officer since 2010 and on the USD finance staff since 2006.
As a financial leader for USD, Gestring has stabilized the university's financial position and developed innovative financing plans for new facilities. She has also been a leader in the Onward -- the Campaign for South Dakota fundraising campaign, which raised over $250 million.
President Gestring reserves time to meet with students, faculty and staff on a regular basis.
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President Sheila Gestring delivered the annual State of the University address Sept. 27.