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Felder named VP of Human Resources at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- E. Lee Felder has been named vice president of human resources at the University of South Dakota. Most recently Felder was director of human resources at the Bryan Independent School District in Bryan, Texas. His start date at USD is Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Previously, Felder served as associate director of human resources, Mays Business School Recruitment and Retention Program Coordinator, lecturer, and Reserve Officer Training Corps Veteran Training Officer at Texas A&M University from 2006 to 2008.

Prior to working for Texas A&M University, Felder spent 23 years with the Air Force as a director in human resources in various training or teaching positions at domestic and foreign locations, including instruction, leadership and management/HR training for students during a 10-week off-site development program with students from several other universities at Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; writing HR policies and procedures and providing analysis impacting employees worldwide while stationed in San Antonio, Texas; and while stationed at the Pentagon he was responsible for providing high-level HR management and expertise for more than 2,000 actions during the Gulf War.

Felder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Texas A&M and a Master of Science degree in human resources management from Troy University. Download a photo of Felder.


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 84 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