USD to host 35th Winter Commencement Dec. 18

Jack Warner, executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents, will deliver the keynote address during the 35th Winter Commencement ceremony at The University of South Dakota at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18.More than 400 students will receive their degrees during the ceremony at the DakotaDome on the USD campus.Warner, Ed.D., a veteran educator and higher education leader, was named executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents succeeding Robert T. (Tad) Perry in 2009.Previously, Warner served as commissioner of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education for seven years where he was responsible for governance and policy oversight of the state's public system of higher education, consisting of the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island, which serve a combined enrollment of 40,000 students.Warner also served as vice chancellor of the Massachusetts higher education system for five years and associate chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for two years. He spent five years as vice chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the state's coordinating board for 15 community colleges, nine state colleges and five campuses of the University of Massachusetts.He is a past president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and he taught in the Boston College Graduate School of Education for 18 years and at two community colleges. Warner received his doctor of education degree in educational administration from Boston College, a master of education from Springfield College in student affairs administration in higher education and a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Vermont. He currently resides in Fort Pierre, with his wife, Celeste. The couple has three children and three grandchildren.

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