Immediately after the vote, the new president will be introduced to address the audience and also will be available for a short press conference.

The meeting and announcement will be in the arena of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, which is already prepared for Saturday’s commencement exercises. A reception will follow in the arena for the new president.

The new executive will become the 18th president of USD, replacing James W. Abbott, who is retiring after 21 years at the helm of South Dakota’s flagship university.

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