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Herseth Sandlin Named New Augustana University President

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says her new position as the 24th president of Augustana University is a “true calling” and she is “done seeking political office.”

The Sioux Falls private liberal arts college introduced her Thursday as its first female president. Herseth Sandlin will succeed President Rob Oliver, who is retiring.

Following a news conference Thursday, Herseth Sandlin told the Argus Leader she is “done seeking political office.”

The 46-year-old Herseth Sandlin is coming to Augustana after working as general counsel and vice president of corporate development at Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries, Inc.

The former Democratic congresswoman served as South Dakota’s lone representative in the House from 2004-2011, departing after she was ousted by Republican Rep. Kristi Noem.

The Augustana Board of Trustees made the appointment after a national search. Herseth Sandlin will take office this summer.

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