BHSU celebrates the inauguration of Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., as tenth university president

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, November 17, 2014/Categories: 2014

BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., is greeted by faculty members during Saturday's inauguration ceremony.

Rosie Sprague (left) shakes hands with BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., after presentation of the star quilt. Dr. Urla Marcus speaks about the significance of the star quilt and Jace DeCory (right) assists in the star quilt presentation.

Former BHSU presidents Dr. Thomas Flickema and Dr. Kay Schallenkamp present Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., with the BHSU medallion.  Jackson was inaugurated as the tenth president of BHSU on Saturday.

Community members, faculty, staff, students, and alumni gathered on the Black Hills State University campus this weekend to celebrate the inauguration of BHSU's tenth president, Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr.  

The theme for the inauguration was "Spirit of the Hills" honoring the history, geography, beauty and the people of the Black Hills.     

The inauguration ceremony included greetings to the President from the Dean Krogman, president of the South Dakota Board of Regents Dana Boke, mayor of Spearfish Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, Faculty Senate president and Chase Vogel, president of the BHSU Student Senate.

Representatives from the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies, Jace DeCory, Dr. Urla Marcus and Rosie Sprague, presented Jackson with a star quilt.  

The symbol of the presidency, the BHSU medallion was placed on Jackson by two former BHSU presidents, Dr. Tom Flickema, who served as president from 1994 to 2006 and Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, who served as president from 2006 to 2014.

In his inauguration address, Dr. Jackson called forth inspiration, engagement, innovation, and imagination as he leads BHSU into the future.

"B-H is a place where anything is possible.  It embodies the 'can-do' spirit that says if we want to achieve something - we will. It is filled with caring and motivated faculty, staff, alumni, and students," Jackson said. "Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you as the tenth president of Black Hills State University. I will do my part to lead with honor, integrity, and a genuine commitment to this special place."

Inauguration events were held in Spearfish and Rapid City to raise funds for student scholarships.  Approximately $11,500 in scholarship funds were raised.

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