Muenster featured speaker for Legends and Legacy
Ted Muenster is the featured speaker for the Legends and Legacy Banquet at Dakota State University February 25. The banquet is an annual DSU event, recognizing donors, philanthropists of the year, current faculty along with the faculty legend, and the induction of a new member of the Innovators and Influencers Hall of Fame.
Muenster is a native Nebraskan and a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with two degrees. He and his wife Karen, a businesswoman and former state senator from Sioux Falls, have lived in South Dakota since 1967, and currently reside in Vermillion.
He served as chief of staff for the late Governor Richard F. Kneip and is a former vice president of the University of South Dakota. From 1978 to 1998, he was in private business in Sioux Falls before returning to USD as the first full time president of the USD Foundation until his retirement in 2008. His time as USD Foundation president was highlighted by the completion of the $134 million Campaign South Dakota. He continues his affiliation with the USD Foundation as a consultant to the National Music Museum on the USD campus. He also is a consultant to the Avera McKennan Hospital Foundation in Sioux Falls.
In 1990, he was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate and has served on the board of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a wide variety of other, business, civic and charitable organizations.
The Muensters have three adult children and five grandchildren.
Honored 2011 faculty include Dr. Glenn Berman, Kathy Engbrecht, Dr. Josh Pauli, and Dr. Vicki Sterling. The 2011 faculty legend is Dr. Zeno VanErdewyk. Philanthropists of the Year are Drs. Wayne and Crystal Pauli, and Karl and LaDonna Schulz. Inducted into the Influencers and Innovators Hall of Fame is Robert L. McCaughey.
The Legends and Legacy Banquet is open to the public. Tickets are available for $20 at the DSU Foundation, 256-5693.