December 13, 2019

POET Partners with USD Beacom School of Business to Establish Center for Business Analytics

VERMILLION, SD – On December 8, the Beacom School of Business dedicated the POET Center for Business Analytics, an academic center that will enhance study in the field of business analytics. POET provided funding for three years to support the center and the POET Professor of Business Analytics.

“Creating the POET Center for Business Analytics is a strategic priority for the Beacom School of Business to help brand and distinguish the school as one of the premier business schools in the nation,” stated Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business.

The POET Center for Business Analytics is the inaugural academic center of excellence established in the Beacom School of Business. The center grew from a faculty proposal that involves multiple departments in the business school and will create opportunities for academic research, student involvement and engagement with business professionals.

“POET is a great South Dakota success story and a tremendous partner in the creation of the POET Center for Business Analytics at South Dakota’s flagship business school,” said James W. Abbott, president of the University of South Dakota.

During the dedication, Thomas Tiahrt, Ph.D., was named the POET Professor of Business Analytics. Tiahrt stated, “If I was summarizing POET in one word, that word would be innovation. It is an honor to receive this distinction associated with such a forward-thinking company.”

Venkatachalam honored Tiahrt by saying, “We are in the business of creating knowledge and the best way to support that is through our talented faculty. Dr. Tiahrt is a professional, practitioner, and a scholar with real-world expertise.” 

Download a photo from the event.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects. 


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.