NSU President Downs serving on two regional boards

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University President Dr. Timothy Downs has been appointed to serve on the board of directors for two regional nonprofit organizations: the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Northeastern South Dakota.

Downs began Jan. 1 on the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is eligible to serve two, three-year terms. The Chamber’s mission is to serve as the leading business advocate for the economic health and vitality of its membership, community and the greater Aberdeen area. The Board of Directors represents the business and professional leadership in the community. As a board member, Downs’ responsibilities will include helping to set corporate polices and goals for the Chamber.

“We are looking forward to having Dr. Timothy Downs serve on the Aberdeen Area Chamber Board of Directors,” said Gail Ochs, president of the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce. “NSU has always played an integral role in the success of the Aberdeen community. With Dr. Downs now serving on the Board of Directors, we look forward to enhancing our relationship and partnering together to grow our community and expand the programs and services available to our citizens and its businesses.”

Downs began Jan. 18 on the United Way of Northeastern South Dakota Board of Directors and will serve a three-year term, until 2020. The United Way’s mission is to provide support for programs in the health and human service fields that reflect the needs of the area. The United Way partners with 15 area agencies that provide 35 programs in the region, including the Aberdeen Family YMCA, Safe Harbor and Aberdeen Senior Center. Board members’ duties include determining policies, goals and objectives of the organization.

“We feel honored that Dr. Downs will give his time to serve on the United Way Board of Directors,” said Aaron Schultz, executive director of the United Way of Northeastern South Dakota. “We look forward to continuing the strong partnership between NSU and the United Way.”

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