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Halliburton Named Director of Graduate Business and Executive Education Programs for Beacom School of Business

Linda Beck Halliburton Linda Beck Halliburton has been named the director of Graduate Business and Executive Education Programs in the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota.

Linda Beck Halliburton is the new director of Graduate Business and Executive Education Programs in the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota.

Linda has held key roles at the University of Minnesota, among other institutions, as well as leadership roles in the private sector. Her experiences working in both higher education and the business world make her uniquely qualified to forge stronger relationships between the Beacom School of Business and the business community.

She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Augustana University, an M.S. in Human Resource Development from St. Cloud State University, and has completed all coursework toward a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development from the University of Minnesota.

“We are delighted to have Linda join the Beacom School of Business to strengthen and lead our efforts to distinguish and grow our nationally-ranked graduate programs in business and accounting,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Linda's experience will also help us develop executive education programs to address the needs of working professionals and senior executives in South Dakota and the region.”


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.