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USD Beacom School of Business Advisory Board Includes Governmental and Business Leaders

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VERMILLION, S.D. — The first dean’s advisory board for the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business includes governmental and business leaders who have a passion for economic development in the state and region.

The advisory board, formed this fall, will provide advice, insight, guidance and feedback to the dean and faculty on strategic initiatives, opportunities, challenges and various other issues.

Premier Bankcard President and CEO Miles Beacom, for whom the USD business school is named, will serve as chairperson of the dean’s advisory board. Other members:

  • Pat Costello, commissioner of the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development, who had more than 20 years of experience in private business prior to joining Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s executive team;
  • David Knudson, senior vice president and chief legal counsel of United National Corp., who previously practiced law for 35 years and focused on health care, banking and corporate transactions;
  • JoAnn Kunkel, chief financial officer of Sanford Health, where she has held several positions since 1992 and prior to that worked in public accounting;
  • Craig Lloyd, chief executive officer and co-owner of Lloyd Cos., a leader in property management, real estate, construction and development since 1972;
  • Scott Sletten, president and chief executive officer of JDS Industries, the largest wholesaler of awards and recognition worldwide, with customers in more than 80 countries.

“In my prior experience, I have had the opportunity to work closely with several business leaders whose effective engagement has helped advance the business school, and I look forward to a similar engagement to distinguish the Beacom School of Business,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the school.

The inaugural meeting of the advisory board was Dec. 2 in Sioux Falls. The next meeting will be held in spring in Vermillion at the business school.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News