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Release Date Monday, April 22, 2019

Dana Dykhouse Gives SD Mines Commencement Address

Dana Dykhouse, the president and chief executive officer of First PREMIER Bank, will deliver the address at SD Mines spring 2019 commencement ceremony.


Dana Dykhouse, the president and chief executive officer of First PREMIER Bank, will deliver the address at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 179th commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena.

Dykhouse has served in the roles of both president and chief executive officer of First PREMIER Bank since March 1995. Under his leadership, First PREMIER Bank’s total assets and assets managed have grown from $250 million to more than $1.9 billion. Together with its sister organization, PREMIER Bankcard, the organization has grown from 175 employees to over 2,400.

Community involvement has been one of the core values of First PREMIER Bank that Dykhouse has championed. Leading by example, he has invested his time, money and energy into making South Dakota a better place to live and conduct business.

Dykhouse currently serves on the boards of NorthWestern Energy Corporation, the Sanford Underground Research Facility, the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Junior Achievement of South Dakota and the SDSU Foundation; and as chairman of the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund board, the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce.

He has also served as chairman of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, the Sioux Empire United Way, the SDSU Athletic Champions Council and Division I transition group, the Sioux Empire Fair Association and the Future Sioux Falls – Strategic Planning Process; as well as president of the Minnehaha Country Club and the South Dakota Bankers Association.

Dykhouse is a native of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and a 1979 graduate of South Dakota State University in Brookings. He and his wife, LaDawn, have two children, Dan (Kristina) and Alana (Josh Breske), and five grandchildren.

An expected 384 bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees will be awarded during the ceremony. Dykhouse and Mines alumnus Hani Shafai will also be awarded honorary Doctor of Public Service degrees. Toni Logar, Ph.D., professor emerita of mathematics and computer science will receive the Guy March Medal.  A group of alumni who graduated 50 years ago will also be honored.

SD Mines graduating senior Aaron Campbell from Sheridan, Wyo., will give the senior class representative message during the commencement. Campbell will receive two bachelor of science degrees - in computer science and applied and computational mathematics.

The commencement will be broadcast live here.



About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Mike Ray , 605-394-6082, Mike.Ray@sdsmt.edu

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