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Nathan Sanderson Selected As 2017 Henry Toll Fellow

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212



Nathan Sanderson Selected As 2017 Henry Toll Fellow


PIERRE, S.D. – Nathan Sanderson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s director of policy and operations, is one of 48 state leaders from across the nation selected for the Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments.


“Nathan strives for excellence in all areas of his work. Through his leadership and diligence, he has been instrumental on issues like road funding, the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab, and non-meandered waters,” Gov. Daugaard said. “I’m pleased he’s been selected for this honor. It will be a great opportunity for him to build upon his skills and knowledge.”


The annual seminar, named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado senator who founded CSG in 1933, aims to develop the next generation of leaders from all three branches of state government. This year's program will be held Aug. 25 – 30 in Lexington, Kentucky.


Sanderson was nominated for the program by Gov. Daugaard and was selected from applicants across the nation by a committee of elected and appointed state officials. Past Toll Fellowship graduates include governors, U.S. senators and members of Congress.


”I appreciate Gov. Daugaard’s nomination and am honored to be selected as a Toll Fellow,” Sanderson said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to collaborate with engaged, successful leaders from around the country.”


Sanderson has worked in the Governor’s Office since the beginning of the Daugaard Administration. He first served as a policy advisor and was promoted to policy and operations director in 2014. He manages policy development and implementation, oversees the operations of state government departments and serves as a member of the Governor’s Executive Committee.




* A photo of Nathan Sanderson is attached.