Governor Noem Appoints James V. Lochner and Doug Morrison to Board of Regents

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May 2, 2023

Contact: Ian Fury


Governor Noem Appoints James V. Lochner and Doug Morrison to Board of Regents


PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Krisi Noem announced that she will appoint James (Jim) V. Lochner and Doug Morrison to serve on the South Dakota Board of Regents.


“For South Dakota students attending our state universities, we have a responsibility to provide an excellent, high-quality education at a cost that they and their family can afford. The more we provide opportunities for education excellence, the better we will set them up for their future. In turn, they will help build an even stronger South Dakota for years to come,” said Governor Noem. “I am confident that Jim and Doug will work hard to continue improving our education system for our kids and grandkids. I look forward to working with them.”


Jim Lochner served as Chief Operations Officer of Tyson Foods from 2009 until he retired in 2014. Prior to that, he was given responsibility for Tyson’s Fresh Meat Business in 2001. Lochner also served on executive committees with various trade organizations including the American Meat Institute and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He lives in Dakota Dunes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meat and animal science. A photo of Lochner can be found here.


“I want to thank Governor Noem for selecting me to serve on the South Dakota Board of Regents,” said Jim Lochner. “I believe my business experience in numerous technical support and operational areas will enable me to serve as an asset to the goals and missions of the Board of Regents.”


Doug Morrison served as director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 2003 to 2006. He has also served on the Sioux Falls School Board from 2008 to 2017, and has been the director of data services for the Sioux Falls School District since 2017. He is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant.


Morrison graduated from the University of South Dakota. He is the co-founder of the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition, a nonprofit that provides preschool opportunities for underserved children. He lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Deb, who he has been married to for over 40 years. They have two children and four grandchildren. A photo of Morrison can be found here.


“I am passionate about providing children with high quality, affordable education opportunities,” said Doug Morrison. “I am appreciative to Governor Noem for appointing me to this position and giving me the opportunity to serve the students of South Dakota.”


Information on the Board of Regents can be found here.