Launched in 2016, the Distinguished Speaker Series event invites speakers with accomplished career histories to share their success stories with alumni, students, faculty and industry leaders throughout the region. The event, hosted in Sioux Falls, provides an excellent opportunity for networking and creating long-lasting relationships between the university community and local businesses.

Andrea Thompson was confirmed under secretary for arms control and international security in April, 2018. Before joining the Department of State, she served as the deputy assistant to the president and national security advisor to the vice president. Prior to her tenure at the White House, Thompson held leadership roles in the private sector as well as more than 25 years of service in the United States military. Under Secretary Thompson graduated with honors from USD in 1988.

“We are honored to host Under Secretary Thompson in our lecture series,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Her distinguished record of service in the army, private sector and her continued leadership service in the Department of State is phenomenal. Our faculty, students and alumni will benefit from her thoughts, wisdom and experience.”

The public is invited to listen to Thompson, who will present on the connection between economic prosperity and national security.

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