Our Members

Meet the members of the South Dakota Board of Regents who are dedicated to the education of South Dakota’s people.

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Nathan D. Lukkes

Executive Director & CEO

Nathan Lukkes is the Executive Director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents. Lukkes has been a part of the Board of Regents since 2014, beginning as the System Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development and later becoming Chief of Staff and General Counsel. He was born, raised, and educated in South Dakota, growing up in Tyndall, SD, attending South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota, and later graduating from the University of South Dakota School of Law.

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Tim Rave


Tim Rave, Baltic, is president and CEO of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. He served in both chambers of the South Dakota Legislature, first in the House of Representatives from 2003-11, where he became Speaker of the House, and later in the Senate from 2011-15, where he was the majority leader. Rave attended South Dakota State University and graduated from the University of Sioux Falls. Appointed by Gov. Noem in 2021, his term will expire in 2027.

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Jeff Partridge

Vice President

Jeff Partridge, Rapid City, is president of Partridge Financial Services. He served on the Rapid City Common Council from 2003-05, including a term as the council’s vice president. Partridge was on the legislature’s budget-setting Joint Appropriations Committee for six years, while serving terms in the House of Representatives from 2015-17 and in the Senate from 2017-21. He is a graduate of Augustana University. Appointed by Gov. Noem in 2021, his term will expire in 2027.

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Douglas Morrison


Doug Morrison of Sioux Falls is currently the Director of Data Services for the Sioux Falls School District. Prior to that, he had a 30-year career at Citibank, where he served as CFO. He served as director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 2003 to 2006. He has also served on the Sioux Falls School Board from 2008 to 2017. He is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in accounting. He is the co-founder of the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition, a nonprofit that provides preschool opportunities for underserved children.  Appointed by Governor Noem in 2023, his term will expire in 2025.

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Brock Brown

Board Member

Brock Brown, Lake Norden, is enrolled in the Juris Doctor program at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, which he plans to complete in May 2025. At USD Law, Brown served as the 1L SBA Class President. In 2022, Brown completed his undergraduate education at South Dakota State University in political science and history. While at SDSU, Brown was the Residence Hall Association President, Students’ Association Senator, Students’ Association Executive Board Member, and South Dakota College Republicans Chairman. Appointed by Governor Noem in 2020 and reappointed in 2022, his term will expire in 2024. After graduation, Brown plans to practice law.

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Judy Dittman

Board Member

Dr. Judy Dittman of Madison began her career as a K-10 physical education teacher in the Newell Independent School District before becoming an instructor of health and physical education, as well as the head women’s basketball and softball coach at Dakota State University. After 34 years of teaching at both the University of Iowa and Dakota State University, Dr. Dittman became the Dean of the College of Education at DSU. Since 2013, she served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, a professor of physical education and exercise science, the assistant to the president of special programs, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at DSU. Dr. Dittman retired in 2020. Appointed by Governor Noem in 2023, her term will expire in 2029.

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Randy Frederick

Board Member

Randy Frederick of Hayti served for 12 years in the South Dakota State Legislature and was the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee for six years. He was also a member of Governor Rounds’ transition team and a Legislative Task Force Member. Appointed by Governor Noem in 2023, his term will expire in 2029.

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James Lochner

Board Member

Jim Lochner of Dakota Dunes served as Chief Operations Officer of Tyson Foods from 2009 until he retired in 2014. Prior to that, he was given responsibility for Tyson’s Fresh Meat Business in 2001. Lochner also served on executive committees with various trade organizations, including the American Meat Institute and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He lives in Dakota Dunes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meat and animal science. Appointed by Governor Noem in 2023, his term will expire in 2027.

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Randy Rasmussen

Board Member

Randy Rasmussen of Vermilion worked in the family business for many years and has had the pleasure of interacting with employees, students, and family members of the University of South Dakota community. Rasmussen graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and from Grand Canyon University with a master’s degree in business administration. He is currently the payroll supervisor for HoChunk, Inc. Appointed by Governor Noem in 2023, his term will expire in 2028.

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Pam Roberts

Board Member

Pam Roberts of Pierre, holds a bachelor’s degree in commercial economics from South Dakota State University. She retired from state government after a career in senior leadership roles, serving on the cabinet of five South Dakota governors, including positions as state labor secretary, state personnel commissioner, and chief of operations.​​ Roberts and her husband, Clay, operate their family’s ranch in Stanley and Lyman counties. Appointed by Governor Daugaard in 2016 and​ reappointed by Governor Noem in 2022, her term will expire in 2028.

​​​2023-2024​ Standing Committee Appointments

Academic and Student Affairs

Brock Brown, Chair

Pam Roberts

Judy Dittman

Douglas Morrison

Budget and Finance

Randy Frederick, Chair

Jeff Partridge

Randy Rasmussen

Jim Lochner

Contact Us

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reach out to the South Dakota Board of Regents team.

About the Board

  • The South Dakota Board of Regents’ mission is to govern the six public universities and the two special schools for the blind and visually impaired and the deaf. Authority for the regents’ governance structure is found in Article XIV, Section 3 of the South Dakota Constitution and in South Dakota Codified Law, Chapter 13-49.
  • Article XIV, Section 3 of the South Dakota Constitution provides:
    The state university, the agriculture college, the school of mines and technology, the normal schools, a school for the deaf, a school for the blind, and all other educational institutions that may be sustained either wholly or in part by the state shall be under the control of a board of five members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the senate under such rules and restrictions as the Legislature shall provide. The Legislature may increase the number of members to nine.
  • Eight members of the Board of Regents serve six-year terms. The ninth member, the student regent, is appointed for a two-year term. No more than six members of the board may be from the same political party, and no two may be residents of the same county.

Role of the Board of Regents

  • The system’s primary goal is to provide high-quality, diverse educational opportunities and services to the people of South Dakota through the effective use of resources entrusted to it. History has demonstrated that this goal can be met more effectively through an integrated system approach. In this manner, the various campuses complement one another and remain fully responsive to the central authority of the Board of Regents through the presidents and superintendents.
  • The bylaws of the Board of Regents provide for the self-governing and internal operating procedures of the board. Two standing committees of regents–Committee on Academic and Student Affairs and Committee on Budget and Finance–meet as committees of the whole to conduct regular business. The Board of Regents meets up to six times a year at campuses across the state; special meetings are called as necessary.