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USD VP Prompts Governor to Declare Human Resources Professionals Day

Image E. Lee Felder E. Lee Felder, VP of Human Resources at USD (right), discusses a project with staff members Ashley Schultz and Nate Gotto.

In response to a request by E. Lee Felder, vice president of Human Resources at the University of South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 1, 2015, as Human Resources Professional Day.

Felder said the goal is to acknowledge HR professionals and ensure awareness of HR’s integral role in every organization concerning employees at all levels. He said it's an opportunity to recognize the people who serve as a model of how to treat everyone with dignity, respect and fairness.

HR departments typically handle hiring, training, development and retention at businesses and organizations.

“Public recognition of Human Resources Professionals underscores their role as a valuable service, not only for making them more visible, but to lend assurance to all citizens that they will receive the support they need and deserve in all aspects of state employment,” Daugaard wrote in his proclamation.

USD’s HR department will serve cake to passersby in the Muenster University Center on campus from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 1 to mark the occasion.


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