Dr. Pam Homan Named Executive Director of New Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Augustana

Augustana's new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be led by Dr. Pam Homan.

Dr. Pam Homan has been named executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Augustana, a new initiative designed to build strategic partnerships with industry leaders, business heads and curators of creativity.

In her new role, Homan will develop collaborations to enhance Augustana’s experiential learning opportunities for students and strengthen connections to the growing and changing needs of the city’s business community.

Since 2004, Homan has served as superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District. There, she was responsible for more than 25,000 students at 23 elementary schools, five middle schools, three traditional high schools, an alternative high school, a project-based learning high school, a career and technical education academy and a post-secondary technical institute.

“With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Pam Homan is a proven leader who is well respected for her ability to inspire outside-the-box thinking,” said President Rob Oliver. “Her professional experience, her passion for education, her ability to find and develop solutions, and her love for her alma mater make her well-suited to help Augustana leverage the abundant resources of Sioux Falls – and beyond – in order to create new and innovative opportunities for our students and graduates to learn and serve.”

“The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an idea whose time has come. We’re excited to bring together the intellectual capital of our renowned faculty, the passion and curiosity of our bright students, and the great minds of our city’s business community in order to build a better tomorrow.”

— Rob Oliver, president

“We are thrilled to launch this new initiative and are very much looking forward to having Dr. Homan on our team.”

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was approved by the Augustana Board of Trustees in alignment with the goals and objectives outlined in Horizons 2019, the University’s five-year strategic plan.

Homan will begin her new role on Monday, Aug. 31. More details about the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be announced this fall.

About Dr. Pam Homan

A native of Sioux Falls, Homan graduated from Augustana in 1981 where she double-majored in elementary and special education. She holds a master’s degree in education from Augustana and a doctorate in education from the University of South Dakota.