CASE honors Chicoine with Chief Executive Leadership Award

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University President David Chicoine has been named the recipient of the 2013-14 Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI.

The award recognizes the leadership of a higher education chief executive officer who demonstrates the ability to create a vision and inspire others. Chicoine will be presented the award Jan. 13, 2014, at the CASE VI Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Chicoine played a critical role in the recently completed “It Starts with State: A campaign for South Dakota State University.” The record-setting $255 million campaign easily surpassed its goal of $200 million and included donations from more than 23,000 different individuals. The six-year effort supported 15 capital projects that relied entirely or partly on private funds, almost 25 percent of the funds going to enhance and strengthen student opportunities and faculty, and 21 percent toward athletics initiatives for scholarships and enhanced or new facilities.

“President Chicoine’s ability to create a vision and inspire others to follow has forever changed the look and feel of SDSU,” said Steve Erpenbach, president and CEO of the SDSU Foundation. “He has successfully promoted and elevated the university while making sure it continues to follow the three foundations of a land-grant university—teaching, research and outreach.”

This past summer, university leaders completed a 14-month process that resulted in the launch of IMPACT 2018, the university’s five-year strategic plan that will enhance the future of South Dakota citizens while supporting positive change and meeting the challenges of a global, complex and interconnected society.

Chicoine’s tenure at South Dakota State, his alma mater, began in January 2007 and has been marked by a tremendous physical transformation on campus. Since his arrival, he and other university leadership spearheaded the development of a residential life and dining services master plan, a master plan for athletic facilities and the 2025 Design and Master Plan that will guide the overall transformation of campus for the next decade. All told, more than $270 million has been or is currently being spent for construction and facility upgrades on the Brookings campus.

South Dakota State has also seen tremendous growth in all areas associated with research under Chicoine’s leadership. Total research expenditures have increased by approximately $30 million annually since 2007, intellectual property disclosures went from less than 10 in 2007 to more than 60 in 2012, and Ph.D. enrollment has increased by more than 100 students in five years with the addition of four new Ph.D. programs.

“I am truly very honored and quite humbled by the nomination and the selection for this year’s Chief Executive Leadership Award,” Chicoine said. “This recognition is really a reflection of the great planning, the exceptional teamwork, and the dedication and commitment of outstanding professionals, very generous donors and engaged volunteers, all of our partners at the SDSU Foundation, and the subsequent achievements that will build a better South Dakota State University.”

A native of Elk Point, S.D., and a 1969 graduate of South Dakota State, Chicoine is the third alumnus to serve as the university’s chief executive officer. He serves on multiple local boards, including the Board of Directors of Growth Partnership Ltd., the public-private partnership developing the Research Park at South Dakota State University, and as an ex officio member of the Board of Managers of South Dakota Innovation Partners LLC, that provides pre-seed capital and business development services to launch research-derived new technology-based start-up projects.

Chicoine is also an independent director on the Board of Monsanto Company, a trustee on the board of Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, and a director on the First Bank and Trust board. He also is serving a four-year term on the NCAA Presidential Advisory Group that reports to the NCAA Board of Directors.

Prior to his appointment as the SDSU president, Chicoine had more than 30 years of higher education experience at the University of Illinois as a professor of agricultural economics, department head (1988-1995), dean (1995-2001) and vice president for technology and economic development (2001-2007). As vice president, he was a senior university officer and the adviser to the university’s president and trustees on technology commercialization and economic development.

As a policy economist focused on state and local public finance and rural economics, Chicoine has co-authored/co-edited four books and published more than 100 academic journal articles, book chapters and professional papers.

“Based on the feedback the selection committee and I have received about President Chicoine, we believe his contributions to South Dakota State University are certainly worthy of recognition by CASE District VI,” said Scott Peters, executive director of development at Linn (Mo.) State Technical College and chairman of the selection committee for the CASE District VI Service Awards.

In addition to receiving the award, Chicoine will participate in a panel discussion at the CASE conference titled Executive Influence: CEOs in Development. At 10 a.m., Jan. 13, he will be joined by Judy Rogers, president at Cottey College, and David Sallee, president at William Jewell College. They will discuss their fundraising efforts and interactions with development staff to meet fundraising goals.