BHSU President inspires campus; sets optimistic outlook with State of the University Address

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, August 27, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Black Hills State University President Tom Jackson, Jr., delivered the State of the University Address to faculty and staff recently, highlighting BHSU accomplishments over the past year and plans for the future.



Black Hills State University President Tom Jackson, Jr., welcomed new and returning faculty and staff and challenged them to keep finding ways to inspire students during his annual State of the University Address last week.

Jackson also shared University accomplishments from the past year, trends in higher education, and key plans for the future.

"When I look at BHSU, I see a wonderful university squarely focused on the student experience," Jackson told the faculty and staff gathered for the address. "You were once inspired by a teacher or mentor to pursue your dreams and goals. This year is your opportunity to do the same for our students."

Jackson noted the importance BHSU&rsquos collaborations and said that local, regional, national and international collaborations continue to expand. Jackson discussed how the University&rsquos increased presence in Rapid City at the BHSU-Rapid City location provides more options for students to complete their degrees. He also mentioned that BHSU nearly doubled the number of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) agreements with international partners ushering in new study abroad and exchange prospects.

"Our collaborations are one of the most strategic things we can do as a university in this century. Our students will graduate and be connected to agencies and organizations worldwide in their careers, we want our students to be internationally competent," said Jackson.

Jackson provided an overview of several new scholarships that were created to entice a greater number of local high school graduates to choose BHSU.  Jackson updated the campus community on several upgrades to BHSU facilities and grounds including the new Crow Peak Residence Hall, Jonas Science Education, Donald E. Young Sports &amp Fitness Center renovations, and plans to continue planting hundreds of trees on campus to replace those lost during Storm Atlas.

As the only comprehensive university in western South Dakota, Jackson noted that BHSU has a commitment to creating and strengthening additional educational opportunities.  More than 70 academic programs are offered at BHSU including an AACSB-accredited business school among the top five percent of business programs worldwide, a stellar teacher education program preparing more teachers than any other institution in the state, a strong science program with unique opportunities for research via an Underground Campus at Sanford Lab, and nationally recognized music, art, mass communication and photography programs.

"Your work makes a positive difference in this world," Jackson said to the faculty and staff gathered at the address. "At Black Hills State University you contribute to the higher knowledge of our students, your colleagues, and our region as we inspire others to know that anything is possible at BHSU."

View highlights of Jackson&rsquos State of the University Address and presentation slides at

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