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Bob Sutton, a member of the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2013, is the board’s new president, succeeding Randy Schaefer, who remains on the board.

At its regular meeting this week, the Board of Regents also elected Kevin Schieffer of Sioux Falls as vice president and John Bastian of Belle Fourche as the board’s secretary.

Bastian, Belle Fourche, holds a bachelor's degree in political science from South Dakota State University and a J.D. degree from Hamline University School of Law. He was a circuit court judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit for 20 years and retired in 2013.

Prior to that service, he spent 10 years in the attorney general's office as an appellate attorney and prosecutor. Bastian is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. He serves part-time with the South Dakota Unified Judicial System and is assigned to preside over cases in the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Judicial Circuits.

Appointed by Governor Daugaard in 2014 to complete the term of the late Randy Morris, his second term will expire in 2022.

Sutton is executive vice president of human resources for Avera Health in Sioux Falls. 

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