Photo of a student conducting research in the Basic Biomedical Sciences department at the University of South Dakota

Prioritize Academic Excellence

USD is a flagship research university in the South Dakota system, boasting highly-ranked programs across campus, including the Sanford School of Medicine, the USD School of Law and the Beacom School of Business, all three of which are nationally recognized.

The president should be a strong advocate for academics and faculty, working closely with the academic leadership to inspire productive working relationships that foster interdisciplinary collaborations. The president should be a key partner with the provost and campus deans to innovate and develop academic programs to help differentiate the institution from its peers and move the research agenda forward.

As long-time faculty begin to retire, it will also be important to recruit and retain high-quality faculty and continue to raise academic standards. Although nationally recognized, the law school has felt the effect of national trends, applying downward pressure on enrollment and bar passage rates. The president will be expected to work closely with the school’s leadership to develop strategies and tactics to counter these challenging developments.