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Former Regent, South Dakota Board of Regents
Jim Hansen began his career as an educator in 1952 at Philip, S,D. where he was a high school math and science teacher and coach, and he later moved on to become superintendent of schools at Wessington, Gregory, and Madison, South Dakota. In 1985, Hansen was appointed as secretary of the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, serving in the administrations of Gov. William J. Janklow and Gov. George S. Mickelson, before his retirement from the governor’s cabinet in 1990. Hansen served on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 1995 to 2013 and was president of the Regents in 1998. He was elected to the Board of Trustees for the South Dakota Retirement System and currently serves on the Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission. Hansen was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2008. He graduated from Spearfish High School, served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces, and received his B.S. from what was then Black Hills State Teachers’ College. Hansen earned a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and his doctorate in educational administration from the University of South Dakota. Hansen also studied at Southern Utah State College, Harvey Mudd College, and the Teachers College of Columbia University, New York.
Former State Senator, South Dakota Legislature
Larry Tidemann is a former State Senator from South Dakota. He was elected to the South Dakota Legislature for 14 years with terms in both the House of Representatives and the State Senate. He represented District 7 in Brookings, SD, which included the community where South Dakota State University is located. He served on the Appropriations Committee throughout all 14 years of his tenure in the legislature and for 11 years he was Chair or Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee. He also was appointed to the Retirement Laws Committee and served as chair of the Legislature’s Executive Board, and the Government Operations and Audit Committee (GOAC), during his time in the legislature.
Larry has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from South Dakota State University. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from SDSU in 2019. Larry is retired from South Dakota State University where he was an Associate Dean of Agriculture and Director of the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service.
Representative, South Dakota Legislature
Senator, South Dakota Legislature
Senator, South Dakota State Legislature
Representative, South Dakota State Legislature
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