Born in Beatrice, NE, and earning his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Muenster first came to town in 1967 at the behest of William O. "Doc" Farber.
contacted a professor that I had in Nebraska, asking if there was anyone that he
could recommend to direct a federally-funded program at USD
that provided services to state and local governments," Muenster
In 1970, Muenster left Vermillion to work for then-Gov.
wife and their three children came back in 1975, when he
rejoined the staff at USD
"We left again in 1978, moved to Sioux Falls to go into private business, and I was there for 20 years before returning in 1998 to become TED MUENSTER president of the USD Foundation," he said.
"I was responsible for the operations of the foundation, fundraising, record-keeping, accounting, investing - all those general things were under my jurisdiction.
The main thrust of his
time as president of the USD Foundation
was to organize and oversee what became Campaign South Dakota, which concluded at the end of 2006, having raised approximately $134 million.
"That was more than twice the original goal," Muenster
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said it's the "environment" of Vermillion
that kept him coming back over the years.
"I enjoy being around the campus, the students, the faculty," he