Wempe, a native of Parkston, S.D., received his undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University; a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University; a Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from the University of California – Davis; a Ph.D. in Pathobiology from the University of Illinois; a Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine; and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

He comes to the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he served as CEO of the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board at the United States Air Force Academy.  Col. Wempe served in numerous administrative and leadership positions during more than 30 years in the military.

Wempe’s duties at the medical school include career counselling for medical students at the school’s four teaching campuses, and assisting students as they progress through their medical training to graduation. He will also be involved in medical school admissions and recruitment programs, with an emphasis on recruitment efforts at the high school level, and he will be based in Sioux Falls.

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