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The Augustana University board of trustees has approved a number of faculty members for tenure and promotions.
Two faculty members have been promoted to the rank of professor:
Four faculty members have been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor:
Dr. Dave Kapaska, regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, is serving as the 2016-17 chair of the board for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. His career experience ranges from the military to business and sales to medicine.
Avera has opened a new orthopedic practice, Avera Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, which has welcomed its first three physicians:
Melissa Goodwin has been named by the Innovation Institute as executive director for its newest member owner, Avera Health. She will help Avera’s clinicians and employees evaluate ideas, obtain patents and develop prototypes for new products.
Becker’s Hospital Review has named Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in the 2016 edition of its annual list of 100 hospitals with great women’s health programs. Avera McKennan is the only hospital in South Dakota named to the list. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, the featured hospitals offer outstanding health services such as gynecology, obstetrics, women-focused heart care and women-focused cancer care.
Wade Humphreys has joined Sanford Health as the senior executive director of digital marketing. He leads Sanford’s consumer-facing digital properties, including Sanfordhealth.org, web applications, mobile and social media accounts. Before joining Sanford, Humphreys was the marketing director at 44 Interactive.
Paul Weckman has been named as the director of military and veterans services for Sanford Health. He will lead a new department. Weckman served in the Navy for 26 years and held several leadership positions before his honorable discharge in 2011.
Professional golfer Andy North has joined Sanford Health’s board of trustees. North, who lives in Madison, Wisconsin, began his nine-year term earlier this year. He also is serving a two-year term as chair of Sanford’s international board, a group that helps guide, direct and promote Sanford’s global efforts to improve the human condition, including oversight of the Sanford World Clinic. North won the U.S. Open Championship in 1978 and 1985. He currently serves as a golf commentator for ABC and ESPN and continues his playing career on the PGA Tour Champions.
Brian Oyen has joined SDN Communications as a project manager. Oyen has 13 years of experience in broadband services and has specialized in customer service and product development.
Michelle Klobassa has been named the inaugural Influential Woman in Construction by the Greater Sioux Falls Chapter No. 237 of the National Association of Women in Construction. Klobassa is a principal and senior architect at TSP Inc. She also serves on the board of directors for the firm. Klobassa was nominated on the basis of her collaboration with construction managers and contractors, her mentorship of younger staff and her leadership in Architecture Forum and other initiatives that engage cross-disciplinary professionals and students in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. She sits on the AIA South Dakota board of directors and chairs both its Scholarship and Design Awards committees. Klobassa has been with TSP since 2004. In addition to being a member of the American Institute of Architects, she is a LEED Accredited Professional as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council and holds the advanced Building Design + Construction credential.
The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship has named three new board members:
Sioux Falls Thrive, a cradle-to-career coalition aimed at ensuring children have the resources they need to achieve their optimal educational and career potential, has chosen its board of directors.
Officers are Evan Nolte, chair; Deb Koski, vice chair; Beth Fuller Jensen, secretary; and Bill Baker, treasurer. Other members of the nine-person board are Lisa Beacom, Steve Crim, Dana Dykhouse, Doug Hajek and Fred Slunecka.
Sioux Falls Thrive was created in response to Forward Sioux Falls’ Strategic Workforce Action Agenda and founded by Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Sioux Empire United Way, Sioux Falls Development Foundation and Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.
Mark Johnston has been selected to serve as Dakota State University’s vice president of institutional advancement.
Johnston most recently served as the East River regional director for U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds. From 2002-07, he worked as the press secretary to Rounds, who was serving then as the state’s governor. From 2007-14, Johnston served in various leadership roles for Sanford Health. In 2013, he retired as an Army colonel after serving more than 25 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve.
Great Western Bancorp Inc. stockholders have re-elected two members to the company’s board of directors and elected another member:
At the company’s annual meeting, the directors appointed Ken Karels, Great Western’s president and CEO, as chairperson of the board. The former chairperson, Andrew Hove, was no longer qualified to stand for re-election because of the board’s age restriction. Thomas Henning was appointed as the lead independent director.
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