McCaughey honored at Legends and Legacy Banquet
Robert L. McCaughey is the 2011 inductee into Dakota State University's Innovators and Influences Hall of Fame. He will be formally recognized at the 6th annual Legends and Legacy banquet at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse Friday, February 25. The public is invited to the banquet. Tickets are available through the DSU Foundation.
McCaughey has a long and distinguished career of public service highlighted by 27 years in the office of U.S. Senator Karl E. Mundt (R-SD). McCaughey joined Mundt's staff as a secretary in 1945, eventually becoming his administrative assistant, a post he held until 1972. His public service continued after leaving the Senator's office, including time as Federal Co-chairman of the Old West Commission, and as a legislative consultant to the National Federation of Independent Business of Washington, DC.
McCaughey's interest in Dakota State began when he worked with Senator Mundt, and continued when he became executive director of the Karl E. Mundt Historical and Education Foundation, headquartered on the DSU campus. Over the years, the Foundation funded many special projects for the university. McCaughey interest in the university deepened when he served on what was then the Dakota State Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. McCaughey and his late wife Genevieve have a scholarship endowment at DSU.
Extending his service to the community, McCaughey was manager of the Madison Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the education committee. He was a leader in economic development in the area and played an important role influencing the Burlington Northern Railroad to serve Madison.
The Dakota State University Innovators and Influencers Hall of Fame was founded to pay tribute to men and women made a difference by positively altering the course of events for Dakota State or the state of South Dakota. Former Governor Bill Janklow and Madison businessman Jerry Prostrollo were the 2010 inaugural inductees into the Hall of Fame.