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Develop External Relationships & Community Partnerships

As the largest employer in Vermillion and a major economic driver in the region, USD finds its success deeply integrated with that of the community and the state. The incoming president should serve as a key leader and visible ambassador of the institution and be actively engaged with a wide variety of external partners.

The president will advocate for the advancement of the institution, demonstrating a sincere and authentic interest in making a positive impact on the surrounding community. The next president will be expected to effectively communicate with, and make a compelling case for support from donors, alumni, government officials and industry to advance the mission, goals and objectives of the institution. Furthermore, a continued partnership with University Center—a face-to-face course delivery site in Sioux Falls where students can choose classes from the six public South Dakota universities—offers the opportunity to expand the university’s footprint and provide innovative options for student success in South Dakota’s largest metropolitan region.