University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott Announces Retirement

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott announced his retirement after a 20-year career at the university.

“This has been both the most rewarding – and the most demanding – job of my life,” Abbott said. “USD is positioned well for the future. We have a strong and growing enrollment, academic programs that are second to none, and Division I athletics.”

Abbott is USD’s 17th president, the only alumnus to serve as president and the second longest-serving president in the university’s 155-year history. The 69-year-old became president of USD on July 1, 1997.

 

Abbott says he will retire in June of 2018.

 

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