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Beacom School of Business Appoints New Graduate Coordinators

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota announced new leadership for their graduate business programs, effective Monday, July 3. Tyler Custis has been named the MBA faculty coordinator and Marcie Sariol has been named the MPA faculty coordinator. In these roles, Custis and Sariol are responsible for the academic direction of the graduate programs and will collaborate with faculty and business school leadership to distinguish these programs.

Tyler Custis, J.D., joined the University of South Dakota faculty in 2013 and serves as a full time lecturer in the Beacom School of Business. Custis teaches Survey of Business, Legal Environment of Business, and Business and Its Environment and was previously an adjunct professor of Sport Management and Business Law.

Marcie Sariol, Ph.D., joined the Beacom School of Business faculty in 2016 as an assistant professor of strategic management. Her research interests consist of organizational behavior in which she explores workplace incivility and cultural influences as well as strategic management in which she explores the influence of powerful CEOs on corporate decision-making as well as the phenomenon of celebrity CEOs.

“We are delighted to have Tyler and Marcie accept these coordinator roles and share their innovative ideas to strengthen and grow the MBA and MPA programs,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “I am confident that under their leadership, our graduate programs will continue to achieve growth both in size and reputation.”

The Beacom School of Business MBA and MPA programs continue to receive top rankings by prestigious agencies such as U.S. News & World Report, OnlineU, The Princeton Review and

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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.


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