Noem Names Her Chief Of Staff To Board Of Regents

     South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is looking for her third Chief of Staff since taking office in 2019, but this time it’s her own fault – she’s appointed Tony Venhuizen to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

     Venhuizen succeeds Kevin Schieffer, whose term ended in March. He plans to resign from Noem’s staff later this month and start his time as a regent.

       Noem says he’s been an “incredible asset” to her team, adding that she’s grateful for his leadership and service to the people of South Dakota.

       Becoming a Regent is actually a repeat performance for Venhuisen. He was the student member of the board from 2003-09, appointed 3 times by then-Gov Mike Rounds.

       He was a key aide to Rounds’ successor, Dennis Daugaard – serving on his staff the entire 8 years including 4 years as chief of staff before joining Noem as a policy advisor and then chief of staff last April. 

       Between the two administrations Venhuisen spent over 8 years as education policy advisory. He says he always intended his time with Noem to be short-term and is honored she asked him to return to the Board of Regents. 

        Noem has seen consistent turnover of her top staff since she became governor. Another senior staff member, Maggie Seidel, left her office last month.