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USD Sanford School of Medicine Names New Basic Biomedical Sciences Dean

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- William G. Mayhan has been named dean of the division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

Mayhan, Ph.D., an Omaha, Nebraska native, received his B.S. degree from Creighton University and his doctorate from the University of Nebraska. He completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Iowa and subsequently joined the faculty there. Mayhan returned to the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology in 1989, rising to become full professor and vice-chair. He received the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award from UNMC, which is the highest award given to a faculty member within the University of Nebraska system.

Mayhan comes to USD from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, where he was head of the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy. He has received continuous research support from the National Institutes of Health since 1983, and he has served on study sections for various organizations, including the American Heart Association, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and editorial comments.

“Dr. Mayhan is an outstanding scientist who has the personal and professional attributes we look for in a colleague and leader. We enthusiastically look forward to having him join us," said Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the USD medical school.

Mayhan will take over in March for Ronald Lindahl, who is retiring in December after leading the division since its founding. Steve Waller will serve as interim dean.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News