Mike Rush gets ready to move on

Mike Rush received a nice resolution and a long round of applause Tuesday afternoon from the South Dakota Board of Regents and state Board of Education Standards. He is leaving after three years as regents executive director.

“I have nothing to say,” he joked. Then he added, “Thank you.”

After his departure was announced last month, Rush had said on April 12, “The regents decided and I concurred that it would be beneficial to have new leadership for the regental system.

He added, “I am leaving with nothing but the highest respect for the regents and the system of higher education in South Dakota.”

Rush’s resignation takes effect May 29. He came to South Dakota for the job. He had retired from a somewhat similar post in the Idaho public system.

The regents haven’t disclosed their plans for replacing him.