When students arrive at Black Hills State University this weekend, a new president will welcome them to the Spearfish campus. Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr. started his new duties as BHSU's tenth President on July 3rd. He succeeded Kay Schellencamp who retired at the end of the last academic year.
Jackson is a Seattle, Washington native who was vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville before coming to South Dakota. He recently completed a term as president of the American College Personnel Association. He’s also a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, Texas State Guard and Indiana Guard Reserve.
President Jackson joined Dakota Midday after delivering his State of the University address to faculty and staff.