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Avera gift establishes new faculty position at Beacom School of Business

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business and the University of South Dakota Foundation announce that Greg Carlson, Ph.D., will join the faculty as the first Avera Distinguished Director of Health Services Administration. This new position, created by a gift from Avera, will be responsible for leading the health care degree programs at Beacom and will deliver executive and practitioner education to health care providers in the region.

Carlson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science from Southwest Minnesota State University, a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in health services policy and management from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Professionally, he has directed programs and taught courses at Georgia State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was manager of Global Health Services with Kimberly-Clark in Alpharetta, Ga. and served as CEO of the Owensboro Medical Health System in Owensboro, Ky. His areas of research and publication focus on leadership and accountability in health care organizations.

“Greg Carlson has more than 29 years of health care administration experience, as well as a Ph.D. in health services policy and management. We are incredibly honored to have Dr. Carlson at USD, and without Avera’s support it would not have been possible,” said Mike Keller, dean of the Beacom School of Business.


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, 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