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Tremere Faculty Service Award presented to Poly Sci professor

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Matt Fairholm, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota, is the 2013 recipient of the Blair and Linda Tremere Faculty Service Award, which is presented annually to a member of the College of Arts & Sciences faculty who has demonstrated outstanding public service to the local community or to the state of South Dakota.

Fairholm is an educator long affiliated with civic leadership. With teaching interests rooted in public administration, leadership theory and practice and constitutional governance, Fairholm’s teaching and training experience spans the public, private, non-profit, and university settings. He has been a member of the USD faculty and W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership since 2002, and his commitment to the community includes working on the Vermillion City Planning Commission and the Community Safety and Protection Committee, where he did a survey for the Vermillion Police Department. Fairholm was the driving force behind a campus conference on the historic Missouri River Flood of 2011. Fairholm received a Ph.D. in Public Administration from The George Washington University, a both a B.A. and M.A. in Public Policy from Brigham Young University.

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The Blair and Linda (Schuller) Tremere Faculty Service Award was established in 2011 by Blair and Linda Tremere of Golden Valley, encourage and recognize the valuable role that Arts & Sciences faculty play in the lives of their communities and state. All tenure-track and tenured faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible to receive the award. Linda (Schuller) Tremere is a 1970 alumna from the USD School of Business (B.S., Accounting) and a native of Amherst, S.D. Blair Tremere, a Sioux Falls native, is a 1968 alumnus from the USD College of Arts & Sciences (B.A., Government/Journalism) and also received his M.A. in Public Administration from USD in 1971.


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