The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
(SSOM) is moving onward in providing high quality, accessible
medical education to benefit South Dakota and the region.
Onward: The Campaign
for South Dakota, the USD
Foundation’s $250 million
fundraising effort, is creating
opportunity through scholarships,
faculty support and new and
renovated facilities. “The campaign
is quite simply an expression
of unapologetic pride in the
university,” said Steve Brown,
foundation CEO and president. “Donors to the medical school
are helping to lead the way.”
A recently completed Sanford School of Medicine challenge
grant to enhance student scholarship offerings and expand
resources for faculty development doubled the $1.5 million
raised to $3 million. With all contributions of $25,000 and
more matched dollar for dollar,
23 new scholarships and three new
faculty endowments were created.
Mary Nettleman, M.D., dean
of the Sanford School of Medicine,
expressed gratitude. “Scholarship
support helps with the cost of
medical school while sending a
message to our students that our
alumni and friends care about their
Significant gifts from three distinguished late faculty
members will assist the school to attract and retain talented
leaders to carry on their legacy.
The first endowed chair in the Sanford School of
Medicine’s history was established with a gift from Margaret
Wegner ’53, ’85 and the estate of Dr. Karl Wegner. He is
credited with securing the legislative support that in 1974
transformed South Dakota’s two-year medical school into a
degree-granting four-year institution. The first recipient is
reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Keith Hansen, chair of the
SSOM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
A second faculty chair has been created as the result of a
generous gift by Elizabeth and Dr. Charley Gutch. He was
associate dean of the USD School of Medicine from 1983–88.
Dr. Tim Ridgway, dean of clinical faculty and associate
professor in the SSOM Department of Internal Medicine, is
the inaugural recipient of that award.
Dr. John C. Sall ’77 made a commitment through his
estate to establish the professorship in medicine that bears his
name. It, too, is the first in the school’s history. Dr. Jerome
Freeman ’84, professor and chair of the medical school’s
Department of Neurosciences, is the recipient.
“The campaign provided an opportunity for an
extraordinary partnership with our graduates and friends,”
Nettleman said. “Donors’ enduring commitment creates a
legacy within the school and allows continuation of our work
to create extraordinary physicians.”
Those wishing to learn more or participate in the
Sanford School of Medicine’s Onward campaign may contact
Edd Storey at 605-357-1301 orEdd.Storey@usd.edu.
Sanford School of Medicine
Moving South Dakota
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JULY 23 | 5 – 7 P.M.
As of July 1, the office will be at 101 S. Phillips Ave. (former CNA building), Suite 508.