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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Aug. 1

Don Campbell joins BCBSND as senior vice president and chief legal officer

FARGO, N.D. — Don Campbell has been hired as senior vice president and chief legal officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND).

As chief legal officer at BCBSND, Campbell is responsible for overseeing the legal department, public affairs and the corporate governance committee of the organization. He is further involved in the company’s strategic planning in his role as senior vice president.

Prior to joining BCBSND, Campbell was a partner at an Am Law 200 law firm in Minneapolis where he practiced business and commercial litigation with an emphasis in the areas of health care, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, as well as ERISA litigation for health plans and their administrators. For more than 20 years he served as first-chair counsel on multiple bench and jury trials, arbitrations and appeals on a nationwide basis. Campbell litigated cases in more than 30 states and federal judicial districts and three tribal courts.

Campbell attained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and international business from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and went on to earn a doctorate in law from The University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, N.D.


Stauff named SDSU's assistant vice president for international affairs

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- South Dakota State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis Hedge has named Jon Stauff the university’s assistant vice president for international affairs following a national search. He will start at SDSU Aug. 22.

Stauff was the vice provost for global education at Monmouth University before taking the SDSU position. In his position at Monmouth, Stauff led the university’s international education efforts since 2016. He directed its international exchange programs, education abroad and international student services, supported international enrollment activities and promoted global and cultural literacy on campus.

Before Monmouth, he was the senior international officer and director at The College of New Jersey’s Center for Global Engagement for more than six years. Stauff also was the director of international education at Radford University. At St. Ambrose University, he rose through the ranks of assistant, associate and full professor of history while holding positions of academic director of study abroad, director of international education and assistant vice president of academic affairs and international education.

A former Fulbright scholar to Germany, Stauff has been active professionally in such organizations as NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Association of International Education Administrators as well as the state humanities councils in Iowa and New Jersey.

Stauff earned a bachelor’s degree in history from The College of William and Mary, a master’s degree in history and a doctorate in modern German history from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Super Studio hires two

Super Studio, a business unit of Flint Group, headquartered in Fargo, has added Tanner Bjorlie and Jacob Erickstad as production artists. Bjorlie and Erickstad will create effective, memorable deliverables to support studio growth and the multi-faceted needs of various clients.

Prior to Super Studio, Bjorlie obtained his bachelor’s degree in graphic design at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Erickstad obtained his bachelor’s degree in marketing at North Dakota State University.

Super Studio is a graphic design and digital production shop focused on helping small to midsize-businesses around the region grow through good design and storytelling.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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