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Successful Alumni and Students Honored at Beacom School of Business Accounting and Finance Dinner

Glen Herrick, Dean Venky, Derrick Larson, Jacob Wurth together at the accounting and finance dinner. Glen Herrick, Dean Venky Venkatachalam, Derrick Larson and Jacob Wurth (from left to right) at the accounting and finance division recognition dinner.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business accounting and finance division honored the academic and career achievements of several alumni and students at a recognition dinner on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Three alumni were recognized for their career accomplishments and outstanding service to the accounting and finance division of the Beacom School of Business, including:

  • Glen Herrick, ’04, is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Meta Financial Group, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Prior to joining Meta in 2013, Herrick spent 20 years at Wells Fargo serving in various finance, corporate treasury and risk management roles, including as CFO of Wells Fargo’s $30 billion student loan division. Herrick currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business.
  • Derrick Larson, ’96, is a partner-in-charge at Eide Bailly in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and manages a team of more than 100 partners and staff, while continuing to serve clients. Larson specializes in providing audit and consulting services in the renewable energy, telecommunications and electric utility industries. Larson is a certified public accountant licensed in South Dakota and is a member of the South Dakota CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Jacob Wurth, ’02, is a corporate controller at Raven Industries. Wurth oversees the accounting functions in the U.S., Europe and Brazil. He is responsible for the corporate close process, technical accounting, and internal and external financial reporting. He is also the project lead on implementing a new company-wide enterprise resource planning system. Wurth is a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor.

Top performance awards were presented to 26 students based on their academic achievements, community involvement, membership in USD’s accounting and finance organizations and community service activities. Students recognized were nominated by accounting and finance faculty after submitting applications and resumes for top performance awards consideration. 

Students receiving top performance awards included:

  • Jonna Bart
  • Levi Blanchard
  • Logan Bunkers
  • August Crowley
  • Bethany DeGroot
  • Haley Duffield
  • TJ Gleason
  • McKenna Golden
  • Ivy Haines
  • Gage Hillberg
  • Elizabeth Holzkamm
  • Hannah Johnson
  • Logan Johnson
  • Kelsi Kearney
  • Khan Abraham
  • Mathew Kraines
  • Erin Kueter
  • Jacob Leiseth
  • David Moerman
  • Tate Olsen
  • Nicholas Page
  • Zachary Renken
  • Katherine Rhoads-Mullin
  • Logan Schiebout
  • Ryan Scholten
  • Madison Weber


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