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Dean's Ambassadors Named for Beacom School of Business

The 2019-2020 Beacom School of Business Dean Pictured are the 2019-20 Dean's Ambassadors. Front: Derek Bierschbach, Hannah Johnson, Ivy Haines, Autumn Wieczorek, Macy Halverson; Middle: Mathew Kraines, Bridget Geerts, Logan Schiebout; Back: Gage Hillberg, Logan Johnson, Margaret Kleiman; Not Pictured: Tam Le

VERMILLION, S.D. – Twelve students have been selected for the class of 2019-20 Dean’s Ambassadors for the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business.

Dean's ambassadors serve as the dean's student advisors and represent the Beacom School of Business at most high-level alumni and business events, both on and off the campus. The dean's ambassadors all have an outstanding academic record, combined with excellent leadership and communication skills.

“This year’s team of ambassadors is made up of students who exemplify our core values of leadership, scholarship, responsibility and accountability,” said Dean Venky Venkatachalam. “These bright individuals are the future of the business industry and are a fine representation of the Beacom School of Business.”

The 2019-20 ambassadors:

  • Derek Bierschbach, Accounting, Madison, South Dakota
  • Bridget Geerts, Economics, Long Lake, Minnesota
  • Ivy Haines, Finance, White Lake, South Dakota
  • Macy Halverson, Marketing and Operational Analytics, Pierre, South Dakota
  • Gage Hillberg, Operational Analytics and Finance, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Hannah Johnson, Finance, Springfield, Minnesota
  • Logan Johnson, Finance, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Tam Le, Accounting, Hochiminh, Vietnam
  • Margaret Kleiman, Accounting, Hutchinson, Minnesota
  • Mathew Kraines, Accounting & Finance, Chanhassen, Minnesota
  • Logan Schiebout, Accounting, Orange City, Iowa
  • Autumn Wieczorek, Finance, Brookings, South Dakota


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