After 20 years at the University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott announced his retirement on Wednesday (September 27).

“This has been both the most rewarding – and the most demanding – job of my life. USD is positioned well for the future," said Abbott in a press release. "We have a strong and growing enrollment, academic programs that are second to none, and Division I athletics.”

Abbott is USD’s 17th president, the only alumnus to serve as president and the second longest-serving president in the university’s 155-year history. The 69-year-old Abbott became president of USD on July 1, 1997.

Scholarships and financial awards to students have nearly tripled during Abbott's ten-year.

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