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Beacom Launches Executive Education Courses Sept. 29

Photo of Beacom Sampler. Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business, speaks at the Beacom Sampler executive education event last spring.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business will launch its fall executive education courses Sept. 29 at the University Center in Sioux Falls with the course “Developing High Performing Teams.”

“The Beacom School of Business is excited to offer its inaugural executive education courses this fall,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. "We designed our curriculum to help businesses grow and succeed in recruiting and retaining their biggest asset: human talent.”

Centered on topics that will enhance a business’ productivity and increase competitiveness, the first executive education course will be led by nationally renowned organizational expert, Stephanie McGovern. She will introduce a range of subjects on the building blocks of high performing teams and what leaders can do to assess strengths, identify roles and more effectively manage teams.

“At any stage of your career, continuing education is critical to professional advancement and development. It both reinforces the fundamentals necessary to a business’ success while also helping businesses adapt to and capitalize on new trends,” said Venkatachalam.

Launched in the spring of 2017, Beacom’s executive education courses aim to meet the ongoing training and development needs of the region’s working professionals and senior executives. Options will include courses available to the general public and customized options for specific organizations and industries. Admission to the university is not required.
The fall schedule includes the following options:
●     Developing High Performing Teams – Sept. 29
●     Foundations of Project Management – Oct. 12 and 19
●     Negotiating for Added Value – Oct. 27
●     Lean Management: Create Profit in Any Industry – Nov. 3 and 10

The executive education courses will complement the Beacom School of Business’ other outreach services, which include the Prairie Family Business Association, the Small Business Development Center, and Business Research and Consulting Services. For more information on registering for the executive education courses or to inquire about hosting a private course offering, please visit the executive education page.


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