Governor Noem Names Rave, Partridge to Board of Regents

Governor Noem Names Rave, Partridge to Board of Regents

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Tim Rave of Baltic and Jeff Partridge of Rapid City to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

“Tim Rave and Jeff Partridge are two seasoned, thoughtful public servants who care deeply about higher education in our state,” said Gov. Noem. “I know they will be excellent regents, and I thank them for their willingness to serve.”

Partridge is the president of Partridge Financial Services in Rapid City. He served on the Rapid City Council from 2003 to 2005, including as vice president of the council. Partridge served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2015-17 and in the State Senate from 2017-21, spending all six years on the Joint Appropriations Committee. He is a graduate of Augustana University.

Tim Rave
Tim Rave

“I am thankful and honored Governor Noem has appointed me to the Board of Regents,” said Partridge. “One of our largest state expenditures is for education, and I look forward to using my experience in helping set the state budget to ensure our education deliverable is cost effective for the State and the student.”

Rave is the president and CEO of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. He served in the State House of Representatives from 2003-11, including two years as speaker of the house, and in the State Senate from 2011-15, where he was majority leader from 2013-15. Rave attended South Dakota State University and is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls.

“I thank Governor Noem for asking me to serve as a regent,” said Rave. “I know from my own experience how important higher education can be, and during my years in the legislature I was an advocate for our state universities. I will be honored to helping guide our higher education system for the next generation.”

Jeff Partridge
Jeff Partridge

Partridge will succeed Randy Schaefer of Madison and Rave will succeed Jim Morgan of Brookings, and they will join Tony Venhuizen of Sioux Falls as newly-appointed members of the Board. All three will serve six-year terms that continue through March 31, 2027.

The nine-member South Dakota Board of Regents is the constitutional governing board for the state’s six public universities: Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota. The Board also oversees the state’s two special schools: the South Dakota School for the Deaf and the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


17 thoughts on “Governor Noem Names Rave, Partridge to Board of Regents”

  1. Apparently no conservatives were available….geez 3 moderate choices to the BOR…no progress will be made there.

      1. or Jon Hansen, heard he got disinvited from abortion signing ceremony along with Deutsch…..or Rhonda Milstead, Gov threw her firmly under the bus with the sports transgnder womens issue.

        1. when you push a bill which prohibits sports participation by anybody who consumes caffeine, takes Ritalin for ADHD, or consumes any other unspecified “performance enhancing drugs,” under the bus you go.

  2. Without specifics, I’m underwhelmed, but then .. Governor Noem has surprised me before.

    In the shorter term for sure, a lot of folks will be angry after revelations about Confucius Institutes, communist indoctrination, and anti-America sentiments being pushed through the university system.

    They will want immediate results.

    As usual.

  3. Honest question- do we have term limits of Regents? Just curious if 3 seats turning over in a month was planned.

    1. Good question—6 year terms…well Noem did more harm today to higher education than the NCAA could ever have done.

      1. But are there limits on the number of terms? I’m not saying she should have kept Schieffer, Schaefer, or Morgan, but I’m just curious if she could’ve reappointed them and chose not to.

        The 3 she did pick certainly have a ton of state government and policy experience.

  4. These are bright capable people. Why the weirding out by a bunch of anonymous folks that are scared to put their names (and thus their credentials) into the public arena.
    Nice picks Gov

  5. For years, it seems, the goal of the regents was to spend money … and don’t worry about the students – they’ll pay for it – it’s an investment. Then reality happened and huh … students don’t want to pay for it … cost-benefit analysis of SD Colleges didn’t add up. Soo now we have a few people on the Board that might think about saving money and cut a bit of fat from the budget. It’ll be interesting to watch.

    1. Suss out what you mean by SD Colleges not passing cost benefit analysis. They are incredibly cheap relative to their counterparts in other states.

        1. I have no idea how to deal with a person who makes a claim and then provides evidence for it. Thank you, whoever you are.

  6. This are very good picks with a lot of experience in state budgets and government. Will be fiscally responsible Regents.

  7. People forget of the many choices available for post secondary education. I know you would all like your interpretation of government and freedom implemented into the state educational institutions. However, if we go backwards we lose federal funding and students will go elsewhere. The economic impact that these institutions provide to the state should not be overlooked.

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