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Melody Schopp, PhD
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Director of Education Industry Consulting, SAS

Dr. Melody Schopp serves as the Director of Education Industry Consulting at the SAS Institute, supporting the Education Practice to empower education leaders and states to use analytics to improve student outcomes. Following two decades of classroom experience, Dr. Schopp entered the South Dakota Department of Education where she served in numerous director positions to include Deputy Secretary. She was appointed Secretary of Education by Governor Dennis Daugaard in 2010 and served for seven years as part of his cabinet. Prior to joining SAS in 2020, Schopp spent three years as a national education consultant with various clients focused on improving opportunities for students both academically and emotionally. Dr. Schopp had the privilege to serve in leadership positions for various national organizations. She was a board member and elected president of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Additionally, she was treasurer of Education Commission of the States and on the board of directors of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). Schopp has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education, and a PhD from the University of Lincoln, Nebraska in higher education and leadership.