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Morgan becomes first CEO of Sioux City Symphony

Travis Morgan

SIOUX CITY | Travis Morgan was announced Friday as the first chief executive officer of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra has been in existence for 102 years and Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Board President Juliet Everist says Morgan has a breadth of experience in marketing and strong community connections.

"The position was created because of his wealth of experience that he brings to lead our team. He will be the best asset the symphony has ever had, and we are very honored and excited for the future of the symphony," Everist said in a release.

Morgan comes to the orchestra after entertaining Siouxland for nearly two decades as a television sports anchor, and more recently as the marketing director and spokesman for WinnaVegas Casino near Sloan, Iowa.

Morgan will join forces with orchestra Music Director Ryan Haskin, who said Morgan will display great leadership skills and a collaborative approach to boosting the orchestra.

“The majority of people in Siouxland don’t realize how great our orchestra is, and I’m determined to change that. The Orpheum Theatre is a world class facility, and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra is made up of the best musicians in the Midwest. Throw in one of the most well respected conductors in North America with Ryan Haskins, and we are able to get the best musicians and entertainers in the world to come perform with us right here in Sioux City," Morgan said.

The Symphony kicks off on Oct. 1 with a performance featuring Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Baily. Season tickets for all seven concerts are on sale.

USD to consider moving law school from Vermillion to Sioux Falls

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota said Friday it will form a task force to study moving the state’s only law school from the Vermillion campus to Sioux Falls to help boost enrollment.

Across the nation law schools have reported up to a 40 percent drop in applicants since 2009. Some law schools have relaxed entrance standards in order to fill seats, resulting in fewer graduates passing the bar exam. Others, like USD, continue to seek quality applicants over quantity, even if it means smaller classes and a budget shortfall.

“Neither strategy is sustainable long term,” USD President James W. Abbott said in a statement Friday. “It has been suggested that relocation of the law school to Sioux Falls may result in an increase in the number of qualified applicants.”

South Dakota House Speaker Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, will chair the Special Law School Task Force. Mickelson is a USD undergraduate who earned his law degree at Harvard University. Twelve additional members will be appointed to the broad-based task force.

USD's School of Law, founded in 1901, educates most of the state’s lawyers and judges, filling spots in private law firms and in public legal practice.The school's law school students represent 27 states and more than 80 undergraduate colleges from across the nation.

The University of South Dakota already operates a campus in Sioux Falls, the state's largest city. Located on the campus of Sanford Health and the Sanford/USD Medical Center, it houses USD's medical school administration and clinical departments, as well as some other programs.