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Graduating Student Regent Honored for Service

Conrad Adam Conrad Adam was recognized by the SD Board of Regents for his service.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Conrad Adam, a graduating University of South Dakota senior, was recognized by the South Dakota Board of Regents for his leadership and vision serving as student regent since 2016.

Adam, a native of Pierre, graduated last Saturday from USD with a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and a minor in accounting. He plans to work as an analyst for the foundations and endowments team at Abbot Downing, a financial services firm in Minneapolis.

“While a student regent in large part is appointed to represent the interests of college-going students at our public universities, Regent Adam was more than that,” said Regents President Bob Sutton. “He became an articulate spokesman for all facets of higher education. He was particularly engaged on questions of access and affordability, while championing initiatives to ensure student success and enhance the college experience. We offer our best wishes to Conrad as he leaves this board and launches his professional career.”

Adam was honored earlier this year as the most outstanding senior of the year by the Beacom School of Business at USD. He was also chosen by his fellow students as Mr. Dakota at homecoming festivities last fall and was named Outstanding Greek Life Man of the Year for 2017-18. Among his many activities, he served on the USD Dakotathon executive team, helping raise nearly $330,000 in two years for Children’s Miracle Network.

“It has been a privilege of a lifetime to serve on the Board of Regents,” Adam said. “South Dakota is fortunate to have many passionate leaders in its higher education system. I leave the board with sincere appreciation for those who serve our state, and will miss the regents, presidents, faculty, staff, and students.”


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