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For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 13, 2003

Ann Thompson Joins USDSU Staff

PIERRE - The president of Capital University Center in Pierre is joining the staff of USDSU, the public higher education center in Sioux Falls, to manage student services, marketing, community development, and grant and fundraising activities.

Ann Thompson will become assistant executive dean at USDSU in early January, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced. She will assist Executive Dean Mark Lee in the overall operation of USDSU, which is a partnership between Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota.

"Ann's experience in managing a higher education center, primarily for non-traditional students, will be very valuable at USDSU," said Robert T. Tad Perry, the Regents' executive director. "USDSU is experiencing significant growth, and responding to student and community needs is central to the management of programs offered in Sioux Falls."

Thompson founded Capital University Center (CUC) in 1982 to provide postsecondary education in central South Dakota and served as its president for 22 years. Earlier this fall, CUC merged with the Board of Regents' system. Under the agreement, South Dakota State University will operate CUC, with a director and staff based in Pierre.

"I am excited to have this new opportunity to help develop programs that will meet the demand for public higher education in the Sioux Falls area," said Thompson. "I leave CUC in very good hands. I am pleased to have had a part, along with CUC's board of directors, in establishing the first off-campus public higher education center in South Dakota and pioneering the delivery of coursework by interactive telecommunications."

Thompson, a published author and management consultant, formerly served as state labor secretary and assistant secretary in the state education department. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of South Dakota, and completed a management certificate at MIT's Sloan School of Management as a Bush Leadership Fellow. She took additional graduate coursework at Northern Arizona University, SDSU, and USD.


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