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

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James O. Hansen

Chair of the Committee on

Academic and Student Affairs

Location: Pierre
Appointed: March 1995
Appointed by: William J. Janklow
Term expires: 2013

James O. Hansen, holds a B.S. from Black Hills State University, an M. A. from the University of Northern Colorado, and an Ed.D. from the University of South Dakota. He also studied at Teachers College of Columbia University, New York. Former State Superintendent of Schools and Secretary of the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, Hansen was appointed to the Regents in 1995 and 2001 by Governor Janklow and reappointed by Governor Rounds in 2007. Active in numerous community organizations, including the Governor’s Citizens’ Education Review Panel. Hansen currently is a commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.  He served as president of the Regents in 1998-99.