Forget Governor; Stephanie Herseth Sandlin wants to be President… and she will be… at Augustana!
Augustana University will introduce former congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin as its 24th president at a news conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.
The appointment, made by the Augustana Board of Trustees following an extensive national search, marks the first time in Augustana’s 157-year history that a woman will serve as president.
Herseth Sandlin is currently serving as general counsel and vice president of corporate development for Raven Industries in Sioux Falls. She served as South Dakota’s lone U.S. Representative from 2004-11. When elected in 2004, she was the first woman from South Dakota to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the youngest woman serving in the House during that time.
Herseth Sandlin will assume office this summer and will succeed President Rob Oliver, who announced his plans to retire last fall after more than 25 years of service to Augustana [Augustana University, press release, 2017.02.22].
Stephanie, that’s great! Congratulations! Running Augie is a great job in a great town, with great opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of lots of bright young people. I’m thrilled for you and your family.
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Now, that said, Democrats, what are we going to do about candidates to run for Governor and U.S. House?
I could be completely wrong. There could be plots grander than my fervent imagination and limited intel can conjure up. But as I read it, President of Augustana University is no larkish interim job. Stephanie is taking this job, she intends to do it and relish it, and Augie expects her to stick around and do it well.
Taking the Augustana presidency sends a 95%-certain signal that Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is not running for Governor in 2018.
So for the second time today, I ask, who’s up? Joe Lowe? Billie Sutton? Bernie Hunhoff? Brendan Johnson? (Brendan has said he’s not in, but hey, Brendan! Think about Attorney General—you cream Ravnsborg 75–25!)