Statewide officials attend SDMC leadership program at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Twenty-two local government officials from South Dakota completed their first week of the South Dakota Municipal Clerk (SDMC) Leadership and Management Development Program. The program, which is sponsored by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at The University of South Dakota, was created to prepare local government officials for the issues that arise when working in a local government setting.

Representatives from 19 communities and organizations attended this year’s conference that concluded on Friday, July 15. Officials from Belle Fourche, Brandon, Clear Lake, Colman, Dell Rapids, Dupree, Elk Point, Hill City, Keystone, Miller, Mitchell, Mobridge, North Sioux City, Sturgis, Tea, Vermillion, Viborg and Worthing, and the Midwest Assistance Program received training in management skill enhancement and organizational expertise, and provided leadership experiences especially useful for finance officers.

The weeklong conference also provided participants with several opportunities to learn about the practical work of leadership in municipal settings using a curriculum created to hone skills that are often neglected in the day-to-day workload. The SDMC program, co-sponsored by the South Dakota Municipal League, is a three-year program of at least 120 hours of instruction by the Farber Center faculty and guest experts.

For more information about the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, please visit the Center’s Web site at or e-mail


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 198 undergraduate and 79 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 more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hailie Warren
USD News