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New Director of Development Paige Short Works to Advance and Support the School of Health Sciences

Paige Short, head shot Paige Short is the new director of development for the USD School of Health Sciences.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Paige Short ('15) has been named the new director of development for the University of South Dakota’s School of Health Sciences.

Short identifies and works with donors to establish scholarships and other types of directed contributions and generosity to the university’s School of Health Sciences.

"The ultimate goal of my work is to build meaningful and lasting relationships to advance and support the School of Health Sciences’ mission of educating skilled, compassionate health care professionals who will serve South Dakota and the world," Short said.

Short’s fundraising experience began at USD while she was a student who made phone calls to ask for contributions to all schools and programs at the university. After graduating from USD in 2015 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Health Sciences, she worked as part of the fundraising team at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her responsibilities there included managing the student fundraising staff. She returned to USD in 2017, and started working with the USD Foundation on several assignments before beginning her duties with the School of Health Sciences.

Short and her husband, Ben Short, who is also a graduate of USD, live in Sioux Falls, where he is a middle school teacher and a high school coach. They are the parents of a young son.

To contact Paige Short, call her at 605-261-3069 or email


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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