PIERRE (September 23rd, 2021) — The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association has announced the selection of Taya Runyan to serve as their next executive director. Runyan will begin in the new role on October 1, 2021.
SDCA represents cattlemen and individuals who are part of the South Dakota beef community. “We are thrilled to welcome Taya as our new executive director,” said SDCA President Eric Jennings. “We had several great candidates for the position, but Taya stood out as someone whose skill set offers a lot to SDCA and will fit in well with the cattlemen of South Dakota. She has been great to work with through the transition process and I am looking forward to a good working relationship with her.”
Runyan, a Pierre native, has been in public service for over a decade and most recently served as General Counsel and Director of Agricultural Services for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Runyan will succeed Jodie Hickman Anderson who announced this spring that she was stepping down after leading the SDCA for more than 16 years.