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Maryland man new director of SD Education Association

PIERRE (AP) — A union leader from Maryland has been named the new executive director of the South Dakota Education Association.

Daniel Besseck will leave his position as director of AFSCME Association of Classified Employees, Local 2250, AFL-CIO in Bowie, Md.

He starts the South Dakota job Oct. 15.

Besseck was previously a police officer for 27 years.

SDEA is South Dakota's largest education professionals' organization. It represents more than 6,000 elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.