Dr. Jonathan Kleinjan (SDARL IX), an SDSU Extension Agronomist, was recently appointed to the SDARL Board of Directors, replacing Dr. Robert Thaler (SDARL III), whose term on the board expired June 30, 2021.

SDARL Board Chair Todd Mortenson, left, presents a thank you plaque to outgoing board member Bob Thaler

“We’re very excited to have such a deep bench of SDARL graduates willing to step up on the Board of Directors,” said CEO Don Norton. “We’re grateful for Bob’s 6-year service on the board, and we’re looking forward to having Jonathan contribute his expertise in future meetings.” Board members may serve up to 2 consecutive 3-year terms before their term expires. Class Presidents are appointed to the board for 3, 2-year terms after graduation from the leadership program.

Dr. Robert Thaler, a swine extension specialist at South Dakota State University, was recognized with a special “swine cake” to commemorate his board service.


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