Karen and Dr. Clifford Trump

A conference room in the newly remodeled David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the campus of Black Hills State University has been named in honor of Dr. Clifford and Karen Trump.

Dr. Trump served as the seventh president of BH beginning in 1985. Fond memories of the campus and the community of Spearfish combined with a strong belief in the University’s significance and promising future prompted the couple to donate $35,000 to the University.

“Next year will mark 25 years since Karen and I began our nine-year tenure at Black Hills State University. The University has been an extremely important element in our lives both professionally and personally,” Trump stated.

Karen was an active volunteer in the community and the University having served on the Hospital Auxiliary and was a member of the Historic Preservation Board.

The former president noted that he was impressed with the many positive changes on campus highlighted during a recent campus tour conducted by BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp. Trump says he and his wife “are proud to support BHSU and particularly pleased to be a participant in the splendid campus capital improvements including the addition to the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.”

Trump notes that the Student Union is named in honor of Professor David B. Miller, who was not only a friend but he was our neighbor as well.

The Trump family continues to have strong ties to the campus and the community. Two of their three sons are graduates of BHSU and one of them, Michael Trump lives in Spearfish with his wife Angie King.

Dr. Trump, before coming to Spearfish, spent 15 years in Idaho, first as the Chief Academic Officer for the Idaho Board of Regents and then as the Vice President of Administration at Idaho State University and served one year as the Interim President of ISU. He is a native of the West, having graduated from high school in Cheyenne, Wyo. He holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Arizona State University and the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Trump’s legacy as president of BHSU includes: completion of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, construction of the University apartment complex, gaining University status, steering the University through several accreditation reviews and overseeing five consecutive years of record-breaking enrollment increases which catapulted the University to be the third largest institution in the state of South Dakota.

Trump resigned in 1994 to accept an appointment as Chancellor of a ten institution system of colleges and universities in West Virginia. He and his wife reside in Charleston, West Virginia. He has been semi-retired since 2000 but frequently does consulting in higher education focusing on president-governing board relations and presidential searches.