The South Dakota Higher Education Association

2021 SDHEA Annual Conference

The South Dakota Higher Education Association annual conference will look a little different this coming year. Please stay tuned for updates as they become available. This year's conference theme is yet to be determined. Registration for the conference will be openning up this Fall! Stay tuned for more details.


To provide continued leadership in addressing issues and trends in higher education and professional education programs to promote student development and learning.

SDHEA Statement of Solidarity

SDHEA stands for the advancement of South Dakota student affairs professionals and graduate students and we deeply value the diversity, multiculturalism, and human dignity of our Members.

We firmly stand in solidarity with the Black community (and all historically marginalized and underrepresented communities) who continue(s) to be subjected to systemic injustices and structural inequalities. Our thoughts continue to be with the families and loved ones who have been impacted by the recent events that have transpired in our country.

To that end, SDHEA is committed to working closely with our member institutions, especially our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners who were impacted more directly, in our attempt to do our part to effect necessary change.

The following award winners were recognized at the 2020 Annual Conference:

Nicole Peschong, SDSU
Marcus Boesen Memorial Award

Nicole Bowen, DSU
Patrick Merrigan Award

Beth Walstrom, SDSU
Robert J . Courtney Student Leadership Award

SDHEA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election results from the 2020 Annual Conference:

Melissa Ochsner - President-Elect
Wendy Thorson - Secretary
Kayte Haggerty - Public School Representative
Nicholas Shirley - Graduate Student Representative