Class of ’10
Chief Budget Analyst for the State of South Dakota
At age 26, Alex knows the opportunity to work in the South Dakota Governor’s Budget Office is really unique for someone so young but says that his educational experience at BHSU prepared him well to meet the challenges and demands. Alex leads the team that helps build the governor’s budget each fall. His team interacts with every state department and agency, participating in both the budget and legislative processes, lobbying for bills affecting the budget and presenting recommendations to the governor.
Alex says his job is intense and has high turnover, with most Chief Budget Analysts only staying in the position a couple of years. With 2015 marking his fourth year on the job, Alex remains committed to his role.
“We get to make South Dakota a better place to live,” said Alex. “And I’ve had great mentors and leaders to keep me motivated, keep me learning, and help me have fun at work.”
Born and raised in Aberdeen, Alex graduated from BHSU with a degree in professional accountancy and management. Dr. Ken Schallenkamp, professor of business law, and Dr. Don Looney, assistant professor of management, shared their time and real-world business experiences with Alex and encouraged him to consider lots of possibilities.
“As a student, I had access to my professors’ resources, knowledge, and connections enabling me to accomplish some cool things and take on interesting challenges.”
Living in Spearfish, says Alex, is a real “opportunity.”
“Having Spearfish Canyon five minutes away is just unreal!” he said.
As Chief Budget Analyst, Alex says his next big goals are to help the governor attain AAA bond rating for the state and to release the state’s first formal, long-term budget plan.