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Clem takes new position with SDSU pharmacy college

Jim Clem
Jim Clem

Dean Dan Hansen didn’t have to look far to find his replacement as associate dean of student services. He found him right on staff.

Jim Clem, who has served as head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at South Dakota State University since August 2007, began serving as associate dean of student services June 22. Hansen stepped up to dean April 8 after serving as acting dean since June 22, 2020. He served as associate or assistant dean of student services from 2010 to 2020.

Clem’s ties to SDSU date back to July 1, 1992, when he was hired as an assistant professor after finishing a residency at the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Clem, of Sioux Falls, spent 15 years on the pharmacy practice faculty before being named department head. In that position, he oversaw the third year of professional pharmacy program when student pharmacists take classes at Community College for Sioux Falls and gain experiential learning at health care facilities throughout the state.

The Sioux City, Iowa, native said he was attracted to the new position because of the opportunity to interact more with students.

As associate dean of student services, he will oversee student recruitment and retention, which includes arranging for tutors for students who need that service, career counseling and promoting overall academic success. While he will still spend some time in Sioux Falls, he is looking forward to spending more time on the Brookings campus and having greater interaction with students, faculty and staff here.

The pharmacy program enrolls about 260 students total, admitting 65 students each year.

In addition to the six-year Pharm.D. program, the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions has become the home for Department of Allied and Population Health, which houses undergraduate programs in respiratory care and medical laboratory science, and an online graduate program in public health.

While Clem has a new title, he is retaining his old job responsibilities for the time being.

He will serve as acting department head until a replacement is hired following a national search, which will begin later this summer. Hansen will continue to take the lead on student issues while transitioning Clem into some of those roles, including participating in New Student Orientation sessions this summer, the dean reports.

“I look forward to working with Jim as he transitions into his new role and begins working more closely with the Office of Student Services,” Hansen said.

He adds that Clem is the perfect pick for associate dean of student services because of his ability to build rapport with students and the wealth of experience he brings to the position. “Clem is joining a strong team within the Office of Student Services and I have zero doubt that they will work to find new ways to connect with future and current students,” Hansen said.

Clem and his wife Marilyn, who is a pharmacist at Sanford USD Medical Center, have two grown children, Lindsey and Alex, both of whom graduated from SDSU.