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Huron, South Dakota

Date Appointed

Appointed by

Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Huron businessman Paul Christen to the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority in January 2011.

Christen filled a vacancy created by the death of Dave Bozied of Sioux Falls, a charter member and former chairman of the SDSTA.

“It is gratifying that Paul is willing to devote his time to the Science and Technology Authority,” the Governor said. “I am sure he will do an excellent job of helping foster and develop the Sanford Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory at Homestake.”

Christen and his wife, “Muffy,” started the First Western Bank chain in 1976. They sold the 17 banks in western South Dakota in 2008 and currently own First Western Agency, an insurance company group headquartered in Huron.

Terms on the six-member South Dakota Science and Technology Authority are for six years and require state Senate confirmation. Christen was confirmed by the Senate in February 2011.