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South Dakota Board of Regents schedules meetings to discuss task force findings

Jackie Hendry
Brian Maher, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents.

This story is based on an interview from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.

The South Dakota Board of Regents is hosting public meetings to report findings from a task force. State lawmakers created the task force last year to study the operations, costs and efficiency of South Dakota’s public universities.

The task force is made up of Board of Regent members, state lawmakers, university presidents, and community leaders.

Brian Maher is the executive director of the Board of Regents and said one of the task force’s jobs is an economic impact study.

“Would you invest $5 if that $5 investment would give you $100 back in a reasonable amount of time? I think most people would say yes to that," he said. "I think we're going to see that the economic impact of higher education in South Dakota is well worth the money that we're putting into it.”

The outreach sessions are open to the public.

Scheduled outreach sessions (all session begin 7 p.m. local time):

  • Brookings, September 23
    • Woster Celebration Hall, SDSU Alumni Center, 815 Medary Ave.
  • Madison, September 28
    • DSU Beacom Collaboration Center, 820 N. Washington Ave.
  • Spearfish, September 29
    • Joy Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center at BHSU, 1351 St. Joe St.
  • Rapid City, October 5
    • SD Mines Classroom Building, Room 204, 501 E. St. Joseph St.
  • Aberdeen, October 12
    • NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center, Room 117, corner of 12th Ave. SE and State St.
  • Vermillion, October 14
    • USD Muenster University Center Ballroom, 414 E. Clark St.