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Black Hills State president retiring in June

SPEARFISH (AP) — The president of Black Hills State University announced Friday that she will retire at the end of this academic year in June.

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Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, the first woman to lead the Spearfish campus, has been president nearly eight years. Deciding to retire after a 40-year career in higher education was one of the more difficult decisions she has had to make, she said.

But the wife, mother and grandmother told the Black Hills Pioneer ( ) she wants to spend more time with family and cut out some stress.

"I know I will miss being on campus and surrounded by students and watching them grow and evolve," Schallenkamp, 64, said. "Although I'm proud of a lot of things that we've accomplished as a university over the years, I am most proud of how our students, faculty and staff have had a chance to be recognized at the national level."

Black Hills State staff will start the hiring process to find a replacement.

About 4,400 students attend BHSU, the third-largest among the six public universities in South Dakota.

South Dakota Board of Regents President Dean M. Krogman said that under Schallenkamp's leadership, BHSU is recognized as "a dynamic and growing comprehensive" university throughout the state and region.

"We salute President Schallenkamp's continuing work to foster innovative changes in education. Her efforts to partner with the Sanford Underground Research Facility in developing a world-class science laboratory will pay dividends for many years to come," Krogman said of the lab in Lead.

Schallenkamp said her biggest accomplishment as president is the increased revenue from continued annual fundraising efforts, $500,000 in 2006 to more than $5 million.

"I'm proud that the alumni and donors and supporters are investing in BHSU, and we've been able to effectively tell our story tell our story," Schallenkamp said. "For them to invest their own resources is very significant to our success and we appreciate their generosity."