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Regents CEO Leaving, Says Board “Wants To Go In A Different Direction”

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Board of Regents executive director and CEO Paul Beran says he’s leaving when his contract expires at the end of June.

Beran has been in the post only 2 years, but says the Board of Regents has told him it “wants to go in a different direction in leadership” – adding that he fully understands the regents right to do that and is ready to “help in the transition as the board repositions itself.”

Regents President Kevin Schieffer says the board thanks Beran for his service and the way he’s “helped prepare the system to move forward to find greater efficiency and effectiveness in future operations,” an evolution that’s left the board “ready to analyze the system’s functionality in new and innovative ways,”

Schieffer adds that the Board of Regents will announce next steps for the appointment of a new executive director after its next regular meeting April 1st and 2nd.

Beran says he feels much has been accomplished in his 2 years, especially with new opportunities for both individual institutions and collaborative programs that include multiple institutions.

He points to South Dakota State and the School of Mines and Technology working together to develop the Governor’s “next big thing” initiative for bio-products produced from farm and forestry products in South Dakota.

Beran is especially pleased with developments in the health care field. The University of South Dakota received state funding to help build a 21st century health sciences facility to prepare the next generation of health care providers while Black Hills State, SDSU, USD, and Western Dakota Tech are collaborating to produce more nursing and healthcare professionals in western South Dakota.

Prior to his time in South Dakota, Beran served as chancellor for the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith for 12 years and spent 5 years as president of Northwestern Oklahoma State University.