USD Alumnus Bruce Nolop Named 105th Dakota Days Parade Grand Marshal

Bruce Nolop, USD Alumnus and former CFO of E*Trade Financial, headshot Bruce Nolop, USD alumnus and former chief financial officer of E*Trade Financial, will serve as parade grand marshal for the 105th Dakota Days.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Bruce Nolop, former chief financial officer of E*Trade Financial and University of South Dakota alumnus, was named parade grand marshal for the 105th Dakota Days, taking place Oct. 4-5.

Nolop resides in New York City with his wife, Susan, but grew up in Mobridge, South Dakota. During his time at USD, he was a political science major, the 1970 Dakota Days chair and the 1971-72 Student Association president. He graduated from USD in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School.

He enjoyed a 35-year career in investment banking and corporate finance, having held positions at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Kimberly-Clark. He was managing director at Wasserstein Perella and is the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Pitney Bowes. His last position was as executive vice president and chief financial officer of E*Trade Financial until his retirement in 2011.

He now serves on the boards of directors of Marsh & McLennan, Tegna, On Deck Capital and CLS Group Holdings. Nolop is also a financial supporter of USD. He created a scholarship endowment for undergraduate students from Mobridge High School and helped to found the Farber Fund.

Nolop and his family established the Nolop Institute for Medical Biology in honor of his brother, Keith, who died in 2016 in a bicycle accident. Keith graduated from USD in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science and had a successful career in medical research and development, including groundbreaking treatments for cancer and asthma and the well-known nasal spray Nasonex. The Nolop Institute funds a scholarship program, endowed professorships, a research scholar program and the Nolop Family Research Laboratory, housed in Churchill-Haines Laboratories.

On Friday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., there will be a dedication ceremony in honor of the Nolop family. The event will be held in Farber Hall in Old Main on USD campus. 

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