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Two USD Alumni to be Inducted into South Dakota Hall of Fame

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota alumni Bruce Long Fox and former Sen. Larry Pressler will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame class of 2020.

Long Fox, ’81, ’83, is being recognized for his contributions to education in South Dakota. As the executive director of Rapid City-based Rural America Initiatives (RAI), he has developed and managed educational programs that have impacted the lives of approximately 9,000 at-risk Native American children, from newborn through high school. Long Fox accomplishes this through educational programming that is grounded in the traditional Lakota values of respect, compassion, honesty, generosity, humility, wisdom and a relationship with a higher power.

Pressler, ’64, is being honored for his contributions to politics in South Dakota. After two combat tours in Vietnam, Pressler ran for Congress in 1974. He was the principal author of the epochal Telecommunications Act of 1996 which broadened internet capabilities in South Dakota. His willingness to champion new ideas is an inspiration to all South Dakotans.

The South Dakota Hall of Fame was established in 1974 to recognize and honor those individuals championing a culture of excellence for all of South Dakota.

The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 11 in Chamberlain/Oacoma, South Dakota. Learn more at


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