At first glance, South Dakota State University appears to be a very different place than when I first came here in 1971. The physical campus has changed significantly. But the University’s mission as an 1862 land-grant institution remains the same: to be a beacon of opportunity, providing access to higher education, championing the creation of knowledge and understanding, and continuously expanding the University’s reach.
Standing on that historic foundation, we recommit ourselves to addressing the critical challenges of our time:
Sustainable economic growth and prosperity;
Agricultural productivity and food production;
Stewardship of our natural resources; and
Building and sustaining healthy communities.
We also recognize the continuing role the arts and humanities must play in shaping and enriching not only our own lives, but the lives of those in the places where we live.
In 2014, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities designated South Dakota State as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, underscoring the institution’s role as a knowledge creator that will help meet those critical challenges and as a driver of economic development via the commercialization of research-derived innovations and technologies.
In doing so, we assure that the University remains strong and healthy, that the people we serve have access and opportunities, that their communities are robust and vibrant and that South Dakota State University will continue to be an engine for economic development.
As we move forward, we remain fully committed both to our historic mission and to meeting new challenges as they arise. We will continue working diligently to distinguish ourselves, striving to set the standard in today’s highly competitive world of higher education, while anticipating and planning for what tomorrow may require as well.