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USD Launches Podcast 'Credit Hour'

Photo of Credit Hour. USD launches its new podcast 'Credit Hour' with a conversation featuring President James W. Abbott.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota has launched a new podcast called “Credit Hour,” featuring a conversation with retiring USD President James W. Abbott in its first episode.

“Through Credit Hour, we hope to provide a public platform for the type of interesting and thoughtful conversations occurring every day between our students, staff, faculty and distinguished guests,” said Michael Ewald, manager of media relations and the podcast host.

In its first episode, USD President Abbott talks about his time at USD – both in the 70s as a student and when he took over as president in 1997, offering amusing anecdotes about his life and career.

“Like all things that are trite, they are often true. I think we are all here for a reason and I think we all have an obligation to do the best we can to make sure that whatever we do results in something positive,” said Abbott.

In Credit Hour’s next episode, Ewald interviews David Earnest, Ph.D., chair of the political science department, about trade relations with China.

Follow Credit Hour on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Play and


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