Title: History and Political Science Professor, State Legislator, Municipal Official
Company: Sioux Falls City Council, University of Sioux Falls
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Kermit LeMoyne Staggers II, PhD, Emeritus Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Sioux Falls, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching.
Dr. Staggers has been a collegiate history teacher since he entered the field in 1975, and continues to contribute to his adopted hometown as a member of the Sioux Falls City Council. He has lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota since he joined the University of Sioux Falls in 1982, and has been a vocal member of its political community ever since. Dr. Staggers is well noted as the leader of a movement in South Dakota to abolish the state inheritance tax, has won a 1996 Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business, and was recognized in 1993 as a Malone Faculty Fellow.
Originally born in Washington, Pennsylvania to Kermit LeMoyne Staggers the First and Christine Ruby Staggers, Dr. Staggers served to the rank of captain with the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1976, studied with the University of Idaho, and went on to earn an MA in history in 1975. He briefly taught with Troy State University, the University of Idaho, Chapman University, Northwestern College, and Trinity International University. Dr. Staggers taught all over Illinois and joined the University of Sioux Falls in a more permanent professor position in 1982. In 1988 he made the jump to Heidelberg, Germany, where he served as an adjunct instructor jointly with the University of Maryland and the University College of Europe. Dr. Staggers made the leap into practicing politics as a member of the South Dakota Senate from 1995 to 2002. He joined the Sioux Falls City Council in 2012, and was named emeritus professor by the University of Sioux Falls in 2016.
In addition to his formal degrees, Dr. Staggers holds a certification in theological studies from Sioux Falls Seminary, has contributed to local radio and television as a political and social analyst, and taught with the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry as well as the Mohyla Academy at the National University of Kiev. He has held a seat on the board of directors with the Siouxland Heritage Museums, and served as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee in South Dakota. Dr. Staggers is also the former president of the Great Plains Political Science Association, and belongs to the Federalist Society, the Fulbright Association, the Historical Society, the Conference on Faith and History, Kiwanis Club, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Phi, and the National Eagle Scout Association. He is the proud father of Ayn Kristen Staggers Bird and Kyle Lee Staggers with his wife, June Ann Wenda.
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