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)

September 6, 2016

September 2016 USF Presidential Search Update

Our national search for the 23rd President of the University of Sioux Falls successfully launched on July 1, 2016. I am pleased to share this effort has produced an applicant pool that is robust in stature and number. As our print and online advertising efforts remain in full swing, this distinguished pool continues to grow at an impressive rate. It is clear to me that this level of interest so early on in the search process speaks to the prominence of our institution, the strength of our mission, and the penetrating relevance of our Calling.
June 30, 2016

USF Presidential Search Launches July 1

On April 28, 2016, Dr. Mark Benedetto announced his retirement after serving 20 years as the President of the University of Sioux Falls. I am honored to serve as Chair of the USF Presidential Search Committee, and I am excited to share with you the first of many updates on this process.