Office of the Governor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2003
Contact:  Mark Johnston at 773-3212


Gov. Rounds names Dr. Belatti to Board of Regents

PIERRE - Richard G. Belatti, a retired family practice physician from Madison, has been named to serve on the South Dakota Board of Regents by Governor Mike Rounds.

"Dick Belatti has a long and distinguished record of service to his state and community," Gov. Rounds said. "He recognizes the importance of public higher education and the role it plays in South Dakota's economy and future development. He will make an excellent Regent."

The South Dakota Board of Regents is the constitutional governing board for South Dakota's six public universities and two special schools.

Dr. Belatti is retired from practicing family medicine in Madison, a community he returned to after serving as an anesthesiologist in Sioux Falls. He has served in both chambers of the South Dakota Legislature-from 1989 to 1992 representing Minnehaha County in the state Senate and from 1995 to 1998 as a state representative from Lake County. He is also a former Madison school board member. He is active in Rotary, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion.

A native of Watertown, Dr. Belatti graduated from high school there, and went on to earn a B.S. degree from the College of St. Thomas and a B.S. degree in medicine from the University of South Dakota. He received his doctor of medicine degree from Creighton University in 1956.

Dr. Belatti fills a term left vacant on the Board of Regents when David Gienapp resigned last year to accept a circuit court judgeship.