Dave Link has more than three decades of experience in strategy, planning and financial operations. Previously, Dave served as senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Sanford Health. During his 32-year tenure he was a part of a dynamic team, growing the organization from a regional health system into one of the nation’s largest non-profit, integrated health care delivery systems.
Dave served in many leadership positions and launched the Sanford Initiatives—a series of innovative global health care concepts. He was also charged with overseeing Sanford Health Plan, Sanford Foundation and Sanford Research. Under his leadership, the initial Sanford Clinic was created as well as the development of Sanford World Clinics, an initiative designed to provide communities around the world with permanent, sustainable health care infrastructure.
Currently, Dave serves as an appointed program director in the President’s Office at Dakota State University, one of the nation’s leading programs in cyber security. In this role, he leads the strategy, development, operational and financial plans for the DSU Rising Initiative, the result of a transformative gift, encompassing the development of a new research and development programs and facilities.
Dave is a champion for the growth of bioscience and technology, holding board or committee positions with SAB Biotherapeutics, Enterprise 605, South Dakota REACH Committee, South Dakota Research and Commercialization Council and Sanford Research.
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in data processing and computer science, an MBA from the University of South Dakota and a master’s in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.