Knutson will enter SD Hall of Fame Wayne Knutson, theatre professor emeritus at The University of South Dakota, will be one of 13 people to enter the South Dakota Hall of Fame this fall.
Knutson spent 35 years at USD as professor, director and administrator. Knutson joined the USD faculty in 1952 as professor of speech and dramatic art and as the director of the university theatre. He served as chair of the English Department from 1966-1971.
From 1972 to 1980, Knutson acted as dean of the College of Fine Arts, followed by a two-year term as vice president of academic affairs. During his time as an administrator, he directed the merger of the University of South Dakota, Springfield, with the university in Vermillion in 1972.
Upon his retirement in 1987, he became the first faculty member to receive the title University Distinguished Professor, an honor bestowed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Knutson has also served on the South Dakota Arts Council and the South Dakota Humanities Council.
The South Dakota Hall of Fame, located in Chamberlain, has 450 inductees in 15 different categories. Individuals are honored for outstanding contributions to the state.