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Tom Geu named dean of the USD School of Law

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law announced today that Thomas Earl Geu has been named dean of the School of Law.

Appointed interim dean of the School of Law in 2011, Geu came to USD in 1989 as a visiting assistant professor of law and joined the faculty permanently the following year. As a professor, his teaching areas included organizational, transactional, and capital formation courses as well as business organization law. He is a two-time winner of the Law School’s John Wesley Jackson Award for teaching (1997 and 2010), and as an elected member of the American Law Institute, Geu has been active in the State Bar of South Dakota.

In addition to being a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Geu has served in the important role of national reporter for the Uniform Limited Cooperative Act and as South Dakota Commissioner for the Uniform Laws Commission. In 2003, he was named a Uniform Law Foundation Scholar.

“Tom is a dedicated legal scholar, and his leadership and service to the law school is extensive,” said Chuck Staben, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at USD. “During his tenure as interim dean, he successfully managed the School of Law through its American Bar Association reaccreditation process and sustained a superb relationship between the School of Law and the state of South Dakota’s bench and bar.”

Geu grew up on a farm and ranch in western Nebraska and received a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1983 and a B.S. in economics and finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1980. He practiced law for five years and worked for judges with the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals 7th Circuit Court in Chicago before becoming an academic lawyer. His wife, Carol, also teaches at USD. A photo of Geu is available for download at


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News