Thares to succeed Jewett on S.D. Board of Regents

Thares, Jim

ABERDEEN, S.D. (June 30, 2017) – Jim Thares of Aberdeen has been appointed to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Thares is founder and CEO of Primrose Retirement Communities, an Aberdeen company founded in 1989 that operates 35 senior living communities in 16 states. He succeeds Harvey C. Jewett of Aberdeen, who retired from the board after 20 years of service, including 10 years as the board president.

Northern State University President Dr. Timothy Downs said the university is excited about Thares’ appointment.

“Mr. Thares is a well-versed business owner and an individual who understands the impact of higher education on the state and to the Aberdeen region,” Downs said. “We’re thankful to have board representation from northeast South Dakota.”

Thares’ appointment was announced Friday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

“Jim Thares is a leader in the Aberdeen community who started his own business and made it a success,” Daugaard said. “Jim has been a longtime supporter of Northern State University, and he understands the value of higher education for our young people and for the economy of our state.”

Thares will serve a six-year term that expires in March 2023. 

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