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PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY FRIDAY DEC. 13
Join BVACC in hosting Sheila K. Gestring, President at University of South Dakota.
Lunch provided with Registration Fee.
Sheila K. Gestring, M.B.A., became the 18th president of the University of South Dakota on
June 22, 2018, after serving as chief financial officer since 2010 and a part of the USD finance
staff since 2006. She is a South Dakota native and the second USD graduate and woman to serve
As an esteemed visionary and financial leader at USD, Gestring has played a pivotal role in
stabilizing the university's financial position while developing innovative financing plans for
new facilities across campus. She was an instrumental leader in the University of South Dakota
Foundation's "Onward" campaign, which surpassed over $250 million raised for student
scholarships and development.
Gestring is a vigorous defender of public education, particularly the liberal arts, and has a
reputation around the state as an inventive problem-solver. Her advanced approach to solving
complex budgetary issues provides students with access to life-changing research experiences, as
well as scholarships that make higher education affordable for all.