Inauguration ceremony held for USD President Gestring

VERMILLION, S.D. (KSFY) - An inauguration ceremony for University of South Dakota President Sheila K. Gestring was held Wednesday afternoon in Vermillion.

Photo courtesy of the University of South Dakota

Campus has been bustling this week with special events leading up to the inauguration, including a blood drive, service projects and USD Day of Giving.

A reception was held at the Muenster University Center immediately following the ceremony. A free concert will also be held back in Aalfs Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. to close out the celebrations.

After a search last spring, USD officials announced Gestring as the new president on May 1. She began her role on June 22 after longtime President Jim Abbott retired.

KSFY News Reporter Ricardo Lewis will have more on this story Wednesday at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.