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Pam Roberts
Pam Roberts
President

Jim Thares - Vice President
Jim Thares
Vice President
Tony Venhuizen​​​​ - Secretary
Tony Venhuizen​​​​
Secretary
John W. Bastian
Board Member
Board Member
Brock Brown
Brock Brown
Board Member
Jeff Partridge - Board member
Jeff Partridge
Board Member
Tim Rave - Board Member
Tim Rave
Board Member

Executive Director & CEO

Brian Maher - Executive Director 
Brian L. Maher
Executive Director & CEO

 

 

 

Pam Roberts


Pam RobertsPam Roberts of Pierre, holds a bachelor's degree in commercial economics from South Dakota State University. She retired from state government after a career in senior leadership roles serving on the cabinet of five South Dakota governors, including positions as state labor secretary, state personnel commissioner, and chief of operations.​​ Roberts and her husband, Clay, operate their family's ranch in Stanley and Lyman counties. Appointed by Governor Daugaard in 2016, her term will expire in 2022.

Location:
Pierre (Hughes County)

Appointed:
April 2016

Appointed by:
Dennis Daugaard

Term expires:
2022


Jim Thares​Jim Thares

​Jim Thares of 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

Tony Venhuizen


Tony VenhuizenTony Venhuizen of Sioux Falls, holds a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and a law degree from the University of South Dakota. He previously served as the Board of Regents' student member in 2003-2008, appointed three times by Gov. Mike Rounds. Prior to his current employment with Standard Trust Company, Venhuizen served as chief of staff in the administrations of Gov. Kristi Noem and Gov. Dennis Daugaard. As an education policy adviser in the Governor's Office, Venhuizen chaired the Council on Higher Education Policy Goals, Performance, and Accountability and the Open Government Task Force. He also served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force and the Dakota Corps scholarship board. Appointed by Gov. Noem in 2021, his term will expire in 2027.

Location:
Sioux Falls

Appointed:
2021

Appointed By:
Governor Noem

Term Expires:
2027

John W. Bastian


John W. BastianJohn W. Bastian of Belle Fourche, holds a bachelor's degree in political science from South Dakota State University and a J.D. degree from Hamline University School of Law. He was a circuit court judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit for 20 years and retired in 2013. Prior to that service, he spent 10 years in the attorney general's office as an appellate attorney and prosecutor. Bastian is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. He serves part-time with the South Dakota Unified Judicial System and is assigned to preside over cases in the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Judicial Circuits. Appointed by Governor Daugaard in 2014 to complete the term of the late Randy Morris, his second term will expire in 2022.

Location
Belle Fourche

Appointed
2014

Appointed By:
Governor Daugaard

Term Expires:
2022


​Joan Wink

Joan WinkJoan Wink is a professor emerita of California State University, Stanislaus. In addition, Joan has been an adjunct professor at Black Hills State University, South Dakota State University, and The College of New Jersey in Mallorca, Spain.

Joan began a six-year term to the South Dakota Board of Regents in April 2017.

Throughout her career, she has focused on languages, literacy, and learning in pluralistic contexts. Dr. Wink completed her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Texas A&M, 1991); two masters' degrees from the University of Arizona (Spanish, 1981; Educational Foundations/Bilingual, 1985); and a Spanish and English undergraduate degree from Yankton College, SD, 1966.

During her experiences in K-12 public education, Joan taught Spanish, English, reading, language arts in junior and senior high school in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, and California. She directed federal grants and was the bilingual/ESL/migrant education coordinator in California. Joan continues consulting, writing, and speaking nationally and internationally.

Joan maintains an active website (joanwink.com) and a blog, WinkWorld, (http://www.joanwink.com/wink-world/). She has published widely in scholarly journals and is the author of Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World (4 editions), A Vision of Vygotsky with LeAnn Putney, and Teaching Passionately: What's Love Got to Do with It? with Dawn Wink.

Joan's most recent book is The Power of Story links libraries and literacies through the power of story, both oral and written. Libraries Unlimited/ABCLIO published this book in 2018.

Complete vita: http://www.joanwink.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/joan-wink-cv-Mar2016.pdf



Location:
Howes (Meade)

Appointed: April
2017

Appointed by:
Dennis Daugaard

Term expires:
2023

Jeff Partridge

Jeff PartridgeJeff Partridge, Rapid City, is president of Partridge Financial Services. He served on the Rapid City Common Council from 2003-05, including a term as the council’s vice president. Partridge was on the legislature’s budget-setting Joint Appropriations Committee for six years, while serving terms in the House of Representatives from 2015-17 and in the Senate from 2017-21. He is a graduate of Augustana University. Appointed by Gov. Noem in 2021, his term will expire in 2027.

Location:
Rapid City

Appointed:
2021

Appointed By:
Governor Noem

Term Expires:
2027

Tim Rave

Tim RaveTim Rave, Baltic, is president and CEO of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. He served in both chambers of the South Dakota Legislature, first in the Hou​se of Representatives from 2003-11, where he became Speaker of the House, and later in the Senate from 2011-15, where he was the majority leader. Rave attended South Dakota State University and graduated from the University of Sioux Falls. Appointed by Gov. Noem in 2021, his term will expire in 2027.

Location:
Baltic

Appointed:
2021

Appointed By:
Governor Noem

Term Expires:
2027

Brian L. Maher


Brian L. MaherBrian L. Maher was appointed June 24, 2020, to lead South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools as the Board of Regents’ executive director and chief executive officer. Dr. Maher began his duties with the Board of Regents in the Pierre central office July 6, 2020.

Dr. Maher’s experience in educational administration includes 21 years as a superintendent of K-12 school systems. He came to the Board of Regents after five years as superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District, South Dakota’s largest public school district serving more than 23,000 students. He was superintendent of schools in two Nebraska districts, Kearney and Centennial, from 1999 to 2015.

A Nebraska native, he also worked as a school principal and began his career in education teaching mathematics, computer science, and physics. He was honored as Nebraska’s superintendent of the year in 2015.

He holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree, also in educational administration, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His bachelor’s degree in mathematics education is from Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) in Fremont, Neb. Maher’s family includes his wife, Peg, and together they have three grown children, Lindsey, Brett, and Maggie.

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