David L. Chicoine, Ph.D., is professor of economics at South Dakota State University. He served as the university’s 19 th president from 2007-2016 and will become president emeritus and professor emeritus in July 2017. Prior to 2007, Dr. Chicoine was professor of agricultural economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held various positions of increasing administrative responsibility with the University of Illinois, including department head, dean and vice president for technology and economic development. Since April 2009, he has served as an independent director on the Monsanto Company board, where he is a member of the Science and Technology Committee and the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee. He also currently serves on the Board of Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD, is an outside director on the Board of First Bank and Trust, Brookings, SD and is a member of the Board of ENTERPRISE 605, INC, Sioux Falls, SD and of the Board of Managers of South Dakota Innovation Partners (SDIP), LLC., Brookings/Sioux Falls, SD.