University of Sioux Falls

Presidential Search

Members of the USF Community,

After nearly twenty years of service to the University of Sioux Falls, President Mark Benedetto has announced his retirement effective summer of 2017. Our University has been blessed by his outstanding leadership, under which we have expanded academic programming, substantially enlarged the university’s footprint, and nearly doubled enrollment.

A national search for the next President of the University of Sioux Falls has commenced. We are seeking a Christ-centered leader with a passion for Christian, liberal arts higher education and a documented ability to provide innovative leadership. This website has been designed to introduce you to our respected institution and to communicate information about the Presidential search.

A 16-member Presidential Search Committee, made up of faculty, staff, students, and trustees, is working in conjunction with the Board of Trustees to select the 23rd President of the University of Sioux Falls.

If you have an interest in this position, we welcome your application; if you know of a strong candidate, we welcome your nomination. For any questions you have regarding this position, please contact our Vice President for Human Resources, Julie Gednalske, at 605-331-6683 or

Thank you for your interest. Please visit this site regularly for updates on the Presidential search process.


Tom Lillibridge

University of Sioux Falls Board of Trustees

Recent Updates (view all)

December 2, 2016

November 2016 USF Presidential Search Update

The Presidential Search Committee recently conducted telephone interviews with the leading presidential candidates in order to identify those most suitable for consideration by the Personnel Committee of the Board of Trustees. At this time, the Presidential Search Committee is pleased to inform you that we have identified a set of candidates to advance to the Personnel Committee for their consideration for the USF presidency.
October 27, 2016

October 2016 USF Presidential Search Update

The Presidential Search Committee convened on October 12, 2016 to review the 60 candidates in our applicant pool. The focus of our meeting was to identify those candidates most qualified for the position. All committee members were actively involved in this process, and our deliberations were fluid, respectful, thoughtful, and very productive.