Former BHSU President named to interim leadership position in Utah

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, July 14, 2015/Categories: 2015

When Kay Schallenkamp, who served as Black Hills State University president from 2008 until 2014, retired last year she was looking forward to spending more time with her extended family especially her grandchildren. Although she&rsquos thoroughly enjoyed that opportunity, she&rsquoll be scheduling her family adventures a little more tightly now that she&rsquos been tapped to fill an interim vice president of development and alumni relations position at Utah Valley University (UVU) in Oren, Utah.

Since her retirement, Schallenkamp has conducted some consulting work through the AASCU &ndash Penson Center for Professional Development including a recent stint at UVU. When UVU&rsquos advancement and alumni relations vice president accepted a position at another university, Schallenkamp was asked to serve in an interim basis while the university conducts a national search. Schallenkamp, who is known for her successful fundraising and alumni development strategies, began her part-time temporary role this week.


BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. says he&rsquos not surprised that Schallenkamp was sought for this positon.

"I certainly understand why Utah Valley University was eager to place Kay Schallenkamp into the vacant fundraising leadership role," Jackson said. "While at BHSU, and in her work at other universities, Kay provided strong leadership for advancement and development. Her experience and knowledge will provide immediate benefits for UVU."

Schallenkamp says the temporary position wasn&rsquot something she was seeking but she is pleased with the opportunity to provide additional mentorship to staff members at UVU.  

"I&rsquom honored to have the opportunity to work with staff and administration at Utah Valley University," Schallenkamp said. "While consulting at UVU, I was impressed with the outlook and vision of the staff members. I look forward to working with them while they are conducting a national search to fill this position."

Schallenkamp noted that the part-time temporary positon will allow her the flexibility to continue to enjoy family activities and her new found retirement hobbies. Kay and her husband Ken Schallenkamp will continue to live in Spearfish, where Ken is a BHSU business professor. Kay will commute on an every other week basis to Utah during the interim position.

UVU has plans to do a national search for a new vice president immediately.

Prior to her presidency at BHSU, Schallenkamp served as president of Emporia State University in Kansas for nine years, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and provost at Chadron State College in Nebraska.


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