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USD Beacom School of Business Welcomes Seven Faculty Members

Image 2016 business school professors The new Beacom School of Business professors, back row: Klaus Beckmann, Matt Fox, Benjamin George, Ali Dag; front row: Jewel Shepherd, Marcie Sariol, Samer Sarofim and Dean Venky Venkatachalam.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business has added seven faculty members to the new bachelor of business programs and marketing, finance and management departments.

“We are very pleased that adding these seven new faculty we will be able to expand our program offerings to cater to the growing demands of the economy and also enhance the research profile of the business school in line with our flagship status,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business.

The school recently introduced innovation and entrepreneurship and operational analytics as two new bachelor of business programs. The professors hired for the new programs: Matt Fox, Ph.D., assistant professor of innovation and entrepreneurship; Ali Dag, Ph.D., assistant professor of operational analytics; and Benjamin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of operational analytics.

Four more professors added to three other departments: Jewel Shepherd, Ph.D., assistant professor of health services administration; Klaus Beckmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of business finance; Marcie Sariol, Ph.D., assistant professor of business management; and Samer Sarofim, Ph.D., assistant professor of business marketing.

“These faculty come from institutions that have the reputation for creating Ph.D. scholars committed to teaching excellence and impactful research,” Venkatachalam said. “At the Beacom School of Business, our faculty are well-known for achieving high level of student success and at the same time have the reputation to be world-class researchers.”


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
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