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Release Date Monday, April 26, 2021

South Dakota Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement Names CEO

Paul Krueger is the new CEO for the South Dakota Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement (CARA).

The South Dakota Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement’s Board of Directors announces the selection of Paul Krueger for the role of CEO, effective May 10, 2021.

Krueger has a long and successful career in advancement with expertise in both higher education and community non-profits. He brings a diverse skill set to the position with his background in alumni relations, development, public relations, and management.

Krueger comes from Make-A-Wish America where he served as a Director and Chapter Relationship Leader. He advised 13 Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide in strategy, execution, efficiency, fundraising, leadership, and board development.

He spent many years of his career expanding Make-A-Wish South Dakota by growing revenue and increasing the number of wishes granted across the state. Prior to Make-A-Wish South Dakota, he served as a Director of Development at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. This followed leadership positions at both Augustana and the University of South Dakota with their Alumni Associations.

Krueger earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from Augustana University and a Master of Science in Administrative Studies from the University of South Dakota. He succeeds interim CEO Sharon Chontos, who oversaw the organization through a merger last year. 

Under Krueger, the South Dakota Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement will continue in its partnership with South Dakota Mines to raise financial support for the university. 


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Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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