SD Board of Regents
306 East Capitol Ave
Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501
605 773 3455
Jack R. Warner  Executive Director

Jack R. Warner

Jack R. Warner
Executive Director

Location: Pierre

Jack R. Warner is executive director and chief executive officer of the South Dakota Board of Regents. The Board of Regents is the constitutional governing board for the six public universities, the school for the deaf, and the school for the blind and visually impaired in South Dakota.

Dr. Warner previously was commissioner of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education from 2002-2009, where he was responsible for governance and policy oversight of Rhode Island’s public system of higher education, consisting of the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island.

He has been an educator for more than 40 years, 32 of which were in the Massachusetts public higher education system. He was associate chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Before that, he spent nearly five years as vice chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the state coordinating board for 15 community colleges, nine state colleges, and five campuses of the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Warner spent 17 years as dean of student affairs at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Mass. He is a past president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and a former member of the New England Student Affairs Think Tank. He taught in the Boston College Graduate School of Education for 18 years.

He holds the following academic degrees:
• Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from Boston College;
• Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Springfield College;
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Vermont.

Dr. Warner resides in Fort Pierre, S.D., with his wife, Celeste, where he enjoys family activities, cycling, golf, and kayaking. The couple has three children and three grandchildren.