PIERRE -—South Dakota’s early citizens thought higher education to be so important that they amended the state constitution in 1896 to establish the Board of Regents
One of the board’s nine seats is reserved for a state university student.
The recent graduation of Patrick Weber from the USD law school means Gov. Dennis Daugaard now must appoint someone else to the student seat.
It will be Daugaard’s second new appointment to the board. He named Bob Sutton to succeed retiring Jim Hansen earlier this year.
Interviews are underway with about 15 candidates for the student post, said Tony Venhuizen, the governor’s director for policy and communications.
He said the governor will announce the choice of the new student regent before the board’s next regular meeting June 18-20 in Vermillion.
Venhuizen was a student regent. He was selected in 2003 while a junior at South Dakota State University by then-Gov. Mike Rounds and served until his 2008 graduation from law school.
Weber was appointed as student regent in 2010 by Rounds. He succeeded Melanie Satchell, who in turn had succeeded Venhuizen.
Weber will join the Daugaard administration in a policy-analyst position in August. He replaces Will Mortenson, who plans to attend law school at the University of Virginia in the fall.
The student regent’s term is two years. The student regent must step aside once the person is no longer attending one of the six state universities. The other eight regents have terms of six years.
The board honored Weber on May 16 at his final meeting.