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TV Producer and Director of 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Numb3rs,' 'Blue Blood' Visits Alma Mater USD

Image John Behring and Students TV producer and director John Behring meets with USD students

VERMILLION, S.D. — TV producer and director John Behring, who grew up in Canton, South Dakota, and graduated from the University of South Dakota, returned to USD Tuesday to meet with students.

Behring led episode readings, screenings and spoke with students at Farber Hall in Old Main. His credits include directing/producing such popular shows as Vampire Diaries, Numb3rs, Charmed, Arrow, The Flash, Blue Blood and Grimm.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree from USD in 1975 from the Mass Communication Department, which is now known as Media & Journalism, when it was a part of USD's College of Fine Arts.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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