Mitchell resident Greenway picked as new Corn Palace director

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. File photo

The city of Mitchell has selected its next leader of the Corn Palace.

After a month and a half of interviewing applicants, Mitchell's Doug Greenway was named the Corn Palace Director Thursday.

“We’re excited to have him leading the Corn Palace, and he really impressed us during the interview,” Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson said in an interview with The Daily Republic.

Greenway will leave his current position as the director of advanced technical education at Mitchell Technical Institute and transition into the new role with the city on Nov. 4.

Everson said the Mitchell City Council will officially approve the hiring of Greenway during Monday’s council meeting. Greenway did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.


Greenway, who is a 1988 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, has worked at MTI since 2002 and has held a number of positions at the technical school. He has been involved in training programs, continuing education, and assisting utility, telecommunications and construction technology programs at MTI. Prior to MTI, he previously worked for the Mitchell School District.

While Greenway stood out as the top candidate, Everson said the pool of applicants were impressive, making for a difficult decision.

“We had great applicants, but Doug (Greenway) brought some great ideas forward to us, and we’re looking forward to seeing those ideas get implemented,” Everson said Thursday.

Doug Greenway, of Mitchell.

Greenway replaces Scott Schmidt, who resigned from the Corn Palace director position in August after three years on the job. The Corn Palace director position is responsible for leading the city-owned facility, which hosts concerts, sporting events and banquets throughout the year, along with drawing more than 200,000 visitors each year. The summer months include an expanded gift shop and organizing the annual Corn Palace Festival along Main Street.

City Council President Kevin McCardle said Greenway’s extensive background in managing facilities at MTI will provide an asset for the Corn Palace. McCardle was one of three elected city officials who was on the hiring committee. Everson, McCardle and Council member John Doescher, were among the elected officials on the hiring committee. City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein and Human Resource Manager Billie Kelly were also a part of the interviewing process.

“His leadership background at MTI, and his knowledge of the Corn Palace were a few of the strengths that stood out to me,” McCardle said Thursday following the announcement. “He’s detail-oriented and very thorough, and I think he’ll do a good job steering the Corn Palace in the right direction.”

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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