USD alumnus named one of top state leaders

USD alumnus named one of top state leaders
A graduate from The University of South Dakota has been named one of the 40 emerging state leaders from across the nation.

Deputy Secretary of State Chad Heinrich is one of 40 leaders selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments (CSG). Heinrich received his master's in public administration from USD.

As a result of winning the fellowship, Heinrich participated in a week-long program focused on trends analysis, policy development and institutional changes. The experience gives these leaders perspectives they would not ordinarily obtain during the course of their regular governmental service.


Heinrich was nominated by Secretary of State Chris Nelson, with endorsements from State Representative Jean Hunhoff and former State Representative Bill Peterson.

"In knowing Mr. Heinrich's ability, I am certain that he will use this opportunity to sharpen his leadership skills to better serve the people of South Dakota," Nelson said.

Heinrich was selected by a committee of state elected and appointed officials. Past Toll Fellowship winners include governors, U.S. Senators and members of Congress as well as leaders in state government.

Heinrich was appointed as deputy Secretary of State in January of 2003. In this position he serves as chief of staff and chief policy advisor to Secretary of State Chris Nelson. Heinrich has worked to implement reforms to the election process and technology enhancements to the filing processes within the Secretary of State's office. Legislative accomplishments include reforms in the areas of business and uniform commercial code filings.�Heinrich is a fourth-generation South Dakotan and grew up south of Tripp, one-quarter mile from his family's original homestead.

The Toll Fellowship Program is named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado senator who founded the CSG in 1933.�CSG is the premier multi-branch organization forecasting policy trends for the community of states, commonwealths and territories on a national and regional basis. CSG alerts state elected and appointed officials to emerging social, economic, and political trends; offers innovative state policy responses to rapidly changing conditions; and advocates multi-state problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness. CSG promotes excellence in decision-making and leadership skills and champions state sovereignty.

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