2011 Alumni Award Recipients
Black Hills State University honored four BHSU alumni during the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 9, at 12:00 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Those honored this year were, left to right: Darla (Talty) Crown, Class of ’80, Special Achievement Award; Dr. Barry Jankord, Class of ’82, Excellence in Education Award; Dr. George Rinker, Special Service Award; and Charles “Chuck” Sederstrom Jr., Attended, Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dr. Barry L. Jankord, Class of ’82, graduated with honors from BHSU and earned his bachelor’s degree in social science and athletic coaching. While at BHSU he was the student government vice president, Swarm Days chair, and a reserve quarterback for the Yellow Jackets. He went on to study honors philosophy and graduate theology from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and earned his master’s degree in educational administration and his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Wyoming.
Barry began his career in education at Sublette County School District in Big Piney, Wyo., as a middle school social studies teacher. He also coached seventh-grade football and eighth-grade girl’s basketball.
He began working for the Campbell County School District (CCSD) in Gillette, Wyo., in 1990. From 1990-93 he served part-time as the associate principal and part-time as the ninth-grade social studies teacher at Sage Valley Junior High School (SVJHS). From 1993-97 he was the associate principal and activities director at SVJHS. He and fellow BHSU graduate Cliff Hill, Class of '81, helped double the intramural and interscholastic activity participation for Gillette's junior high students in the mid-90s. In 1997, he started work as an elementary principal, serving Meadowlark and Rawhide Schools until 2002.
Barry currently serves as the principal for Meadowlark Elementary School, where he provides educational leadership for a school of 330 students. He is also the director of the CCSD Title III and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. As the director he oversees the staffing and professional development of K-12 English Language Learner (ELL) programs.
He has furthered his educational career by participating in numerous teaching and administrative training courses. Barry has also been invited to present at various education conferences and he currently serves on the BHSU Education Advisory Board.