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USD Foundation names Tessa Gould associate development director

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Chief of staff for former South Dakota Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has joined the University of South Dakota Foundation.

Tessa Gould has been named associate director of development. Her responsibilities at the Foundation will focus on fundraising for the Beacom School of Business, the School of Education and the College of Fine Arts. From 2004 to 2011, Gould worked for Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin, managing campaigns in 2004 and 2006, and serving as state director prior to serving as chief of staff.

“It’s great to be on campus; you can just feel the excitement and energy,” she says. “I’m looking forward to speaking with people to learn their stories and why they are passionate about this university.”

A native of Jamestown, N.D., Gould received her bachelor’s degree from Jamestown College.

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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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 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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Hanna DeLange
USD News