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South Dakota Hall of Fame names Becvar as next CEO

"It is truly an honor to have been chosen to lead the South Dakota Hall of Fame — an organization capturing the rich stories of excellence throughout the state and sharing that knowledge to inspire, teach, and learn," Becvar said.

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Laurie Becvar
LINDA CLAUSSEN
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CHAMBERLAIN — Laurie Becvar has been named the CEO of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, the organization's board of directors announced Tuesday.

Becvar, who most recently served as president and COO of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, succeeds current CEO Greta Chapman, who is retiring on May 31 after holding the position for eight years.

"It is truly an honor to have been chosen to lead the South Dakota Hall of Fame — an organization capturing the rich stories of excellence throughout the state and sharing that knowledge to inspire, teach, and learn," Becvar said in a statement. "My South Dakota roots are deep. My family came to Dakota Territory in 1870, and this history and the Hall's mission and vision motivate me to pay tribute to historic legacies and to champion excellence in our beautiful South Dakota."

Becvar comes to the South Dakota Hall of Fame with over 20 years of executive leadership experience in non-profit and for-profit organizations as well as in higher education. She earned her Master of Arts and Doctorate Degrees in Higher Education Administration from University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

The South Dakota Hall of Fame, established in 1974, has its physical museum located in Chamberlain. The hall annually elects up to 10 people for induction into its hall of fame.

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