Newsmaker: Herseth Sandlin Earns SD Hall of Fame Honor

Augustana University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

In recognition of her contributions to the state of South Dakota, as well as her efforts to champion excellence, Augustana University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 9.  

Ahead of the induction ceremony, Herseth Sandlin spoke with South Dakota Public Broadcasting and The Daily Republic about her professional experiences, her family's legacy of service, and her new role at Augustana. 

Herseth Sandlin Earns Hall of Fame Honor

By Evan Hendershot, The Daily Republic

Breaking barriers isn't anything new for Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

At 46, the former congresswoman and current Augustana University president is the youngest of 10 inductees to the South Dakota Hall of Fame this year. And Herseth Sandlin, who was the first woman to represent her state in the U.S. House of Representatives, said her ability to break through that glass ceiling, coupled with a strong family tradition of public service, was likely what spearheaded her nomination to the state Hall of Fame at a young age.

"I think it has a lot more to do with my family's tradition, and by inducting me, knowing of the influence of grandparents and a dad who also served and made contributions, that it's a way to recognize my whole family," Herseth Sandlin told The Daily Republic last month.

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Herseth Sandlin will be inaugurated as Augustana's 24th president on Friday, Sept. 15. Learn more about inaugural events