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Janklow portrait to be dedicated at USD on Wednesday, Aug. 27

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The portrait of former South Dakota Gov. William J. “Bill” Janklow will join the portraits of nine former South Dakota governors who attended the University of South Dakota during a dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. on Aug. 27 at Farber Hall inside of Old Main.

Janklow’s portrait will be added to the “Governor’s Gallery,” a galleria of governor portraits of the former governors who attended USD before being elected to the state’s highest office. The dedication ceremony, which is open to the public, will feature remarks by Janklow’s granddaughter Lindsey Janklow, a USD senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Student Government Association President Tyler Tordsen, a senior from Rapid City, S.D.; and William J. Janklow Public Service Scholarship recipient Samantha Zoss, a junior from Beresford, S.D. Artist Joshua Spies of Watertown, S.D., who painted the portrait of Janklow, will also be recognized. A reception will follow in room 211 of the Muenster University Center.

Born in Chicago in 1939, William J. Janklow grew up in Flandreau, S.D. He was elected governor of South Dakota in 1978, 1982, 1994 and 1998, and in 2002 he was elected to Congress. His 16 years as governor is twice as long as any other individual to hold that position in South Dakota and it spanned four decades. Janklow was 39 when voters first elected him governor and 63 when he left that office. Prior to serving as governor and as a Congressman, Janklow was elected South Dakota Attorney General in 1974. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before graduating from USD and the USD School of Law and following graduation, he was a legal services lawyer on the Rosebud Reservation. Janklow married Flandreau native Mary Dean Thom and they raised three children together: Russell, Pam and Shonna.

Spies is an internationally-recognized and honored wildlife artist who created two portraits of Janklow that are currently on display in the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre. He is also preparing two special paintings for the 125th anniversary of South Dakota’s statehood: a side profile of George Washington's face on Mount Rushmore during the final stages of construction and a view of Lake Kampeska near Spies’ home town of Watertown.


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