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Beacom School of Business Hosts Top Avera Leaders

Avera photo Fred Slunecka, Avera Health's COO, and Julie Norton, VP of Finance, meet with students at the Beacom School of Business.

VERMILLION, S.D. – On February 21, the Beacom School of Business hosted Fred Slunecka and Julie Norton from Avera Health. Slunecka and Norton delivered a presentation on “The Financial Forecast for Health Care Delivery.”  Norton and Slunecka, both graduates of the University of South Dakota, were hosted by Health Executives Advancing Leadership (HEAL) and engaged during the day with Health Services Administration majors.

Fred Slunecka serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Avera Health and has been at the helm for this major health system for over 30 years. Julie Norton, previously named one of the nations 'up and comers' in healthcare administration, currently serves as Vice President of Finance at Avera Health.

“This was an incredible opportunity to have two outstanding leaders in the field of health care share their expertise with our students, which will benefit them as they continue to develop their skills and understanding of the profession,” said Carole South-Winter, assistant professor of health services administration.

HEAL is a student organization aimed to further increase the knowledge of the healthcare industry in order to build the competitive advantage needed to succeed. HEAL offers opportunities to network with other students and healthcare executives through guest speakers, field trips and meetings.  


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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