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BHSU President honored with Award of Distinction

Black Hills State University President Kay Schallenkamp was honored recently with a Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Dakota Horizons this week recognizing her leadership and accomplishments.

Black Hills State University President Kay Schallenkamp was honored with a Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Dakota Horizons recently.

Schallenkamp was one of the five women and four girls honored at the 16th annual Women and Girls of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons.

More than 100 people attended the annual awards ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of area women who through their endeavors serve as role models to help girls develop into successful and confident young women.

Schallenkamp, who began her tenure as president at BHSU in 2006, has been instrumental in shaping the vision for the University. Under her leadership, BHSU has emerged with record breaking enrollment, has added several new undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and has substantially increased the amount of grant funding and scholarship donations. BHSU recently completed a major renovation and addition to the Student Union and is currently constructing a new science classroom building. With Schallenkamp’s guidance, BHSU is also expanding its offerings for adult learners in the Rapid City region. The University is taking the lead role in the establishment of the University Center  – Rapid City which will provide a comprehensive site for all state university course offerings in South Dakota’s second largest city. Schallenkamp has also strengthened collaborations with businesses, industry, and government agencies to meet workforce needs and create experiential learning opportunities for students.

Prior to her appointment at BHSU, Schallenkamp served as president of Emporia State University, Kan., for nine years, was provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and was provost at Chadron State College, Neb. She has served on the board of the American Association of the Colleges for Teacher Education and has served as chairwoman of the President’s Council for NCAA Division II and the National Teachers Hall of Fame in addition to serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the North Central Association and the Renaissance Group. She and her husband, Ken, have two grown daughters.

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