Skip to main content

School of Business presents ‘Leadership for the 21st Century’ lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business presents Will Keim, Ph.D., the featured guest speaker for the 2012 “Leadership for the 21st Century” lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Aalfs Auditorium inside Robert L. Slagle Hall on the USD campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the Beacom Opportunity Fund and Arthur Volk Symposium, is free and open to the public.

Keim, founder of The Character Institute and president of Will Keim Speaks! Inc., has spoken to more than 2.5 million students, faculty and staff members at more than 2,500 college and corporate campuses in North America. His corporate clients include AT&T, IBM, Delta Air Lines, State Farm Insurance, The Ford Family Foundation, Swiss Army Brands and LensCrafters. Keim has written or co-authored more than a dozen books and has four children with his wife of 30 years, Donna Basham Keim. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Arts and Religious Studies from the University of Pacific, and a Ph.D. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University.

A photo is available for download at

The Beacom Opportunity Fund provides resources for initiatives that promote the Beacom School of Business’s students and programs while the Volk Symposium honors the legacy of Arthur A. Volk, who joined the USD faculty in 1948. During his 36-year tenure at USD, he taught every accounting course offered by the school as well as other business courses. The Symposium was established as a fund to bring together students, academicians and business leaders for discussion of current topics of interest.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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, Knudson 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.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News