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Noem taps retired businesswoman for SD Board of Regents

PIERRE, S.D. — Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed to the South Dakota Board of Regents a retired founder and CEO of a food contract service company.

According to a Friday, July 19 news release from the board, Barb Stork, of Dakota Dunes, will fill the seat on the board made vacant by former member David Mickelson's retirement. Stork's six-year term will end March 31, 2025.

Stork in 1989 founded Midwest Provisions Inc., a "multi-million-dollar contract food service company serving large corporations throughout the Midwest from South Dakota to Texas," according to the release. She served as CEO of the company until she retired in 2016.

Stork has also served as chair for both the Sanford Health System Board of Trustees and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Her bachelor's degree in business administration is from West Texas A&M University.

Stork said "it is an honor" to be appointed to the board "and to help with the board’s strategic plan for student success, academic quality, economic development, and affordability."

“The regents have an immense task in overseeing that public education both prepares and rewards the students," she added. "I am excited to help support the continued success of our students.”

The Board of Regents is the governing board for South Dakota's six public universities, as well as for the state's schools for the deaf and visually impaired.

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