Yankton, South Dakota , United States
|| June 12, 1948
Jul 11, 2019 02:18am
|Info||ABBOTT, James W. "Jim" - the President of the University of South Dakota and Democratic politician. |
Born 6/12/1948 in Sioux City IA.
Graduate of the Univ. of South Dakota: B.A., 1970 and J.D., 1974
High school social studies teacher and political science professor
President, Zylstra Communications Corp., a cable television company in Yankton SD.
City Commissioner of Zylstra 1985-90
SD State House (D) 1991-92
Candidate for Lt. Governor (D-SD) 1994
Candidate for U.S. House (D-SD) 1996
President of the University of South Dakota, 1997-Present. Abbott was the 17th person to hold the post.
Candidate for Governor (D-SD) 2002. Abbott took a leave of absence from the University for his campaign. Photo to right shows his victory speech on primary night.