Member Information
Board Member Photo Name:  Conrad Adam
Position:  Student Regent
City:  Pierre
Term End Date:  7/1/2018
Biography:
Conrad Adam, Pierre, is a business administration (finance) major at the University of South Dakota, with a minor in economics. He is chairman of academic affairs for the executive board of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at USD. His resume includes internships as a budget analyst for the Bureau of Finance and Management and at the South Dakota Community Foundation. He is finance chair for Dakotathon, the largest philanthropy event on the USD campus, supporting Children's Miracle Network. Regent Adam is a public speaker who shares his history of childhood cancer survivorship, advocating for pediatric cancer research and fundraising. In his free time, he enjoys organizing and volunteering at charity events, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Board Member Photo Name:  Bob Sutton
Position:  President
City:  Sioux Falls
Term End Date:  3/31/2019
Biography:
Bob Sutton holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of South Dakota. He is currently vice president for community relations with Avera Health. He previously served as president of the South Dakota Community Foundation, president of the South Dakota Bankers Association, and executive director of the South Dakota Association of County Officials. Sutton has served as the chairman of the South Dakota Housing Development Authority, South Dakotans for the Arts, and as a board member of Junior Achievement of South Dakota.
Board Member Photo Name:  James Morgan
Position:  
City:  Brookings
Term End Date:  3/31/2021
Biography:
Jim Morgan retired in 2013 after 12 years as president and CEO of Daktronics, concluding a four-decade career at the Brookings-based electronics manufacturer, which is the world’s industry leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems, and large-screen video displays. He joined Daktronics in the company’s first year of operation as its first design engineer, while still a college student. He remains on the company’s board of directors. Morgan is a graduate of South Dakota State University, where he earned both his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering.
Board Member Photo Name:  Kevin Schieffer
Position:  Vice President
City:  Sioux Falls
Term End Date:  3/31/2021
Biography:
Kevin Schieffer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Law, where he also served as an adjunct professor of law. He is a business consultant in Sioux Falls, and retired in 2008 after 12 years as chief executive officer of Cedar American Rail Holdings Inc., the largest regional railroad system in the U.S. He was appointed as United States attorney for South Dakota by President George H.W. Bush in 1991. He has engaged in the private practice of law and served as chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler from 1982 to 1991.
Board Member Photo Name:  Randy Schaefer
Position:  
City:  Madison
Term End Date:  3/31/2021
Biography:
Randy Schaefer is a 1984 Dakota State University (DSU) graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He is a State Farm Insurance agent in Madison where he has achieved many accomplishments, including the Top 100 New Agents Club, Agency Masters Club, and the Regional Vice President’s Club. He is an active member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, South Dakota Retailers, Madison’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Lake Area Development Association. Schaefer currently serves on the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He has remained active through Junior Achievement and other volunteer work at various schools and at athletic events.
Board Member Photo Name:  John Bastian
Position:  Secretary
City:  Belle Fourche
Term End Date:  3/31/2022
Biography:
John W. Bastian, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University and a J.D. degree from Hamline University School of Law. He was a circuit court judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit for 20 years and retired in 2013. Prior to that service, he spent 10 years in the attorney general’s office as an appellate attorney and prosecutor. Bastian is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. He serves part-time with the South Dakota Unified Judicial System and is assigned to preside over cases in the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Judicial Circuits. Appointed by Governor Daugaard in 2014, his second term will expire in 2022.
Board Member Photo Name:  Pam Roberts
Position:  
City:  Pierre
Term End Date:  3/31/2022
Biography:
Pam Roberts holds a bachelor's degree in commercial economics from South Dakota State University. She retired in 2013 after a career in senior leadership roles, including Secretary of Labor, Commissioner of Personnel, and Chief of Operations, in the administrations of governors Janklow, Mickelson, Miller, Rounds and Daugaard. Roberts and her husband, Clay, operate their family’s ranch in Stanley and Lyman counties. She is currently in the final year of a two-year term as chair of the South Dakota Republican Party.
Board Member Photo Name:  Jim Thares
Position:  
City:  Aberdeen
Term End Date:  3/31/2023
Biography:
Jim Thares, Aberdeen, is the founder and CEO of Primrose Retirement Communities, an Aberdeen company founded in 1989 that currently operates 35 senior living communities in 16 states. He has also worked in hotel development and as a certified public accountant. Thares is a graduate of Moorhead State University, where he earned his degree in accounting. Appointed by Governor Daugaard in 2017, his term will expire in 2023.
Board Member Photo Name:  Joan Wink
Position:  
City:  Howes (Meade)
Term End Date:  3/31/2023
Biography:
Joan Wink is a professor emerita of California State University, Stanislaus. Since retirement in 2007, she has been an adjunct professor at Black Hills State University, South Dakota State University, and in the Global Education Masters Program of The College of New Jersey in Mallorca, Spain. She retired from these positions completely Spring 2017. Joan began a six-year term to the South Dakota Board of Regents in April 2017. Throughout her career, she focused on languages, literacy, and learning in pluralistic contexts. Dr. Wink completed her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Texas A&M, 1991); two masters' degrees from the University of Arizona (Spanish, 1981; Educational Foundations/Bilingual, 1985); and a Spanish and English undergraduate degree from Yankton College, SD, 1966. Joan continues sharing, writing, and speaking nationally and internationally. Joan maintains an active website (joanwink.com) and a blog, WinkWorld, (http://www.joanwink.com/wink-world/