The University of Sioux Falls formally inaugurates its 23rd president on Thursday. Brett Bradfield began his duties in February after former president Mark Benedetto retired.
Bradfield has worked at the Christian liberal arts school for 17 years. He has served as USF's director of graduate programs, vice president for professional studies, and as provost. He says it is an honor to serve as president at this time in the University's history.
"The inauguration is an interesting tradition of higher education, kind of on the order of convocation and commencement ceremonies. They are part of the rich tradition of higher education and our university. While I'm deeply humbled by all the activities and attention around me becoming president, something that's never lost on me is that this is really a celebration of a university that's' going to be celebrating its 134thyear of existence on September 8th", Bradfield says.
Bradfield says Wednesday's Day of Service on the USF campus ties in with the school's mission to serve God and humankind in the world. Students and community members worked together to assist local nonprofits. The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Thursday in the Jeschke Fine Arts Center on the USF campus.