USD dean will retire this summer

USD dean will retire this summer Jerry Johnson, dean of The University of South Dakota School of Business, plans to retire this summer after 11 years in the position and 34 total years at USD. Johnson has played a key role in the planning and development of a new building for the USD School of Business and is looking to follow through with plans for the future home of the business school.

Johnson will move across campus to the USD Foundation offices, where he will focus his efforts on raising money for the new $12.8 million Walter H. Buhler building that will house the business school.

Don Dahlin, USD vice president for academic affairs, said Johnson has made a significant impact at the university and he expects he will continue to do so as a fund raiser.

"He is a well-respected, senior member of the business school and knows personally many of the alums and many non-alums in the business community who will need to give if the new business school building is to become a reality," Dahlin said.

Filling the empty position left by Johnson's vacancy is acting dean Diane Hoadley, who has served as both associate dean of the business school and acting chair in the Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism in the past year.

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