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USD Beacom School of Business to Feature Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson in Distinguished Speaker Series

Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, will speak at the USD Beacom School of Business Distinguished Alumni Series in Sioux Falls Thursday, March 14.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business will host USD alumna Andrea Thompson, under secretary of state for arms control and international security, at its upcoming Distinguished Speaker Series Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. at The Country Club of Sioux Falls.

Launched in 2016, the Distinguished Speaker Series event invites speakers with accomplished career histories to share their success stories with alumni, students, faculty and industry leaders throughout the region. The event, hosted in Sioux Falls, provides an excellent opportunity for networking and creating long-lasting relationships between the university community and local businesses.

Andrea Thompson was confirmed under secretary for arms control and international security in April, 2018. Before joining the Department of State, she served as the deputy assistant to the president and national security advisor to the vice president. Prior to her tenure at the White House, Thompson held leadership roles in the private sector as well as more than 25 years of service in the United States military. Under Secretary Thompson graduated with honors from USD in 1988.

“We are honored to host Under Secretary Thompson in our lecture series,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Her distinguished record of service in the army, private sector and her continued leadership service in the Department of State is phenomenal. Our faculty, students and alumni will benefit from her thoughts, wisdom and experience.”

The public is invited to listen to Thompson, who will present on the connection between economic prosperity and national security.

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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