The college may have carried some historical debt with it into the Ellendale years, but by 2016 we were spending the same amount on debt interest as it cost to fund five of our core academic departments! The growing debt trend cast a shadow over the potential of a college experiencing reinvigoration on so many levels.
In May 2017, the President’s Council met in a conference room at the Comfort Inn, Hill City, SD. At the conclusion of some inspired conversation, a financial appeal was made. Some might argue that taking up an offering is not where you expect to experience the manifestation of the Spirit. However, the sense of God’s presence in the room was awe inspiring and in those moments, a miracle took place. A gift of $1 million was given towards a campus project with a pledge to give future amounts towards debt reduction!