USD Foundation President Benchoff departing for Ohio U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Bryan Benchoff, president and CEO of The University of South Dakota Foundation since 2008, has been named vice president of university advancement and president and CEO for the Ohio University Foundation effective July 15, 2011.

Benchoff came to the USD Foundation in January 2008 following more than a decade and a half with the West Virginia University Foundation where he served as assistant director of development (1990-1992), director of development (1992-1997), senior director of development for major gifts (1997-2001), assistant campaign director (1997-2004), assistant vice president for constituency development (2001-2004), and associate vice president for development (2004-2007).

“We wish Bryan well and thank him for his service to the Foundation,” noted Paul Jay Lewis, chairperson of the USD Foundation. “During his tenure, the Foundation has made significant strides and stands poised to fulfill its mission of supporting the USD community well into the future.”

The board of directors of The USD Foundation appointed its executive committee to serve as a search committee as the search for a new president and CEO of the USD Foundation begins immediately.  An interim president is expected to be named by June 1.

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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 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
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