SD Board of Regents
306 East Capitol Ave
Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501
605 773 3455

​Jim Thares, Secretary  

Jim Thares, Aberdeen, is the founder and CEO of Primrose Retirement Communities, an Aberdeen company founded in 1989 that currently operates 35 senior living communities in 16 states. He has also worked in hotel development and as a certified public accountant. Thares is a graduate of Moorhead State University, where he earned his degree in accounting. Appointed by Governor Daugaard in 2017, his term will expire in 2023.


Location:                          Aberdeen
Appointed: 2017
Appointed by: Governor Daugaard
Term expires: 2023