Bob Sutton – Professional Achievement

Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton graduated from USD in 1990 with a bachelor of arts in political science and in 1995 with a Master of Public Administration. Bob has held several positions within Avera Health System, including executive vice president of human resources, regional president and CEO of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre and senior vice president of community relations. Most recently, he was named president and CEO of Avera Health System. Outside of Avera, Bob has years of professional and executive experience, including but not limited to president of the South Dakota Board of 

Regents, president of the South Dakota Community Foundation and executive vice president for the South Dakota Bankers Association. He has also given his time to serving on boards, such as the Bush Foundation’s South Dakota Advisory Committee, South Dakota Housing Development Authority Board and USD Alumni Association Board of Directors. Born and raised in South Dakota, he resides in Sioux Falls today with his wife Lori and has two grown children, Madison and Matthew.

2019 Recipients

Dave Hultgren

Dave Hultgren '79
Service to the University

Alissia Canady

Alissia Canady '10
Public Service

Laura McNaughton

Laura McNaughton '11
Emerging Leader

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