USD Foundation names Bryan Benchoff president, CEO

USD Foundation names Bryan Benchoff president, CEO
A fundraising executive with more than 25 years of experience has been named the new president and chief executive officer of The University of South Dakota Foundation. Bryan Benchoff will succeed Theodore (Ted) Muenster, who has led the Foundation as president since January 1998 and is retiring from full-time foundation service. Benchoff, associate vice president for development at the West Virginia University Foundation, Inc. in Morgantown, WV, will assume his duties on Jan. 2, 2008.

"We are extremely fortunate that Bryan Benchoff will be coming to the USD Foundation," said Foundation Chair Dan Moen of Aberdeen. "Bryan has a proven track record in development, held a leadership role in a $337 million campaign and has an extensive background in the working relationship between a university and foundation. The search committee had an impressive pool of candidates, but Benchoff stood out because of his breadth of experience."

Benchoff earned a bachelor's degree from Kutztown University in 1979 and a master's degree in educational leadership from West Virginia University in 1997. He has been at the West Virginia University Foundation since 1990. Prior to that, he was in development with the American Red Cross, the Arthritis Foundation and the American Heart Association.


"The university needs the support of the USD Foundation to achieve and maintain excellence," said James W. Abbott, president of The University of South Dakota. "Bryan will provide the enthusiastic leadership necessary to help the university meet our strategic goals. I very much look forward to working with him."

As president and CEO of the USD Foundation, Benchoff will be responsible for planning, executing and managing all fundraising activities. He will oversee the foundation's more than $119 million endowment, $3.3 million annual budget and 28 employees.

"I look forward to building on the success that the USD Foundation has already experienced and helping them to achieve the next level of excellence," said Benchoff. "The University of South Dakota is being led by outstanding people who are pursuing a well-defined vision."

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