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USD President James W Abbott elected chairman of the Newseum Institute Board of Trustees

VERMILLION, S.D. -- James W. Abbott, president of the University of South Dakota, has been elected chairman of the Newseum Institute board of trustees, a forum for educational programs and leadership initiatives championing the five freedoms of the First Amendment: speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. Through educational classes and programs, the Newseum Institute strives to educate young people about our First Amendment liberties. In his role as chairman, Abbott also will serve on the Newseum Institute’s executive committee.

Abbott has been a member of the Newseum Institute board of trustees since July 2003 and was elected to the board of the Freedom Forum in December 2012. The Freedom Forum, which helps fund the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington, D.C., is one of the nation’s leading foundations dedicated to the First Amendment and media issues. Abbott succeeds Robert Khayat, former chancellor of the University of Mississippi, as chairman. Khayat has taken emeritus status on the board.

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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 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