SDSM&T Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities
Our vision for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is to be recognized as a world class technological university.
Our mission is to prepare students for leadership roles in engineering and science; to advance both knowledge and its application through scholarship and research; and serve the state of South Dakota, our region and the nation through collaborative efforts in education, research, and economic development.
- Prepare and educate an expanding and increasingly diverse student body.
- Reinforce and increase our research enterprise to elevate educational outcomes and economic development.
- Invest in human capital to move the institution forward.
- Ensure a legacy of excellence through dedication to continuous quality improvement.
- Acquire critical resources to accomplish shared vision and strategic priorities through enhanced partnerships.
2012-13 Academic Year
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is one of six universities operating under the authority assigned by the Constitution of the State of South Dakota to the nine member Board of Regents. The mission of the university is established by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota with programs and organization approved by the Board of Regents. The president is delegated to administer the operation of the university. The traditional collegial process of shared governance for the formation of policies and oversight includes representative organizations to provide recommendations to the president for implementation as appropriate.
South Dakota Board of Regents
Mr. Terry D. Baloun, Seneca
Dr. James O. Hansen, Pierre
Mr. Harvey C. Jewett, Aberdeen
Dr. Kathryn O. Johnson, Hill City
Mr. Dean M. Krogman, Brookings
Mr. Randall K. Morris, Spearfish
Ms. Carole Pagones, Sioux Falls
Mr. Randy Schaefer, Madison
Mr. Patrick Weber, Montrose
Officers of the Board
President: Dr. Kathryn O. Johnson
Vice President: Mr. Dean Krogman
Secretary: Mr. Randy Schaefer
Dr. Jack R. Warner
South Dakota Public Higher Education Institutions
Black Hills State University, Spearfish;
Dakota State University, Madison;
Northern State University, Aberdeen;
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City;
South Dakota State University, Brookings;
University of South Dakota, Vermillion
The Executive Council is the principal administrative unit at the university. The council members are the president, executive assistant to the president, provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for finance and administration, vice president for university relations, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, vice president for research, director of athletics, SDSM&T Foundation president, and director of the Alumni Association.
The University Cabinet advises the president concerning the development of policy, the governance of the university, strategic planning, and the fiscal operation of the university. The University Cabinet consists of: the president, executive assistant to the president, provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for finance and administration, vice president for university relations, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, vice president for research, director of athletics, SDSM&T Foundation president, chair of the faculty senate, director of the Alumni Association, dean of graduate education, chair of the exempt employees council, chair of the career service council, president of the student association, and the director of facility services.
Career Service Council
The Career Service Act employees elect the Career Service Council members.
Exempt Employees Council
The Exempt Employees Advisory Council is elected by the administrative employees who are exempt from the Career Service Act of the state of South Dakota.
The Faculty Senate consists of nine voting members, two non-voting (ex-officio) members and is chaired by the chair of the Faculty Senate. The ex-officio members are the vice president for research and the provost and vice president for academic affairs. All faculty members may vote in the election of representatives from their discipline and each is eligible for election as a discipline representative.
The Senate of the Student Association is the elected representative council for the formation of recommendations on behalf of enrolled students, including the fees charged to students and the operation of student activities funded through student fees.
SDSM&T Executive Council
WHARTON, ROBERT A. (2008) President. B.A., M.A., Humboldt State University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
GUNN, MICHAEL (2009) Interim Executive Assistant to the President. B.A., Wake Forest University; M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.S., National Defense University; M.L.S., Fort Hays State University; Ph.D., Columbia Pacific University.
HENDERSON, TIMOTHY G. (1981) Vice President, Finance and Administration. B.S., University of South Dakota.
HORN, CHRISTY A. (2011)Vice President for University Relations. B.A., M.A., Ball State University.
HRNCIR, DUANE C. (2006) Provost/Vice President, Academic Affairs. B.S., University of Alabama; M.S., University of Massachusetts; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.
KAISER, RICHARD (2009) Director of Athletics. B.A., University of Northern Colorado; M.A., South Dakota State University; Ed.D., Brigham Young University.
MAHON, PATRICIA G. (2000) Vice President, Student Affairs and Dean of Students. B.S., M.S., Montana State University-Billings; Ph.D., Kansas State University.
SELZER, MICHAEL (2011) President, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Foundation. B.S., South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; M.B.A., Arizona State University.
VOTTERO, TIMOTHY J. (1998) Director, Alumni Association. B.S., South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
WHITE, RONALD J. (2009) Vice President, Research. B.S., University of Southwestern Louisiana; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Academic departments at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are organized as follows:
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Geology and Geological Engineering
Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
Math and Computer Science
Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
Mining Engineering and Management
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the recognized accrediting agency for the north central states, through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process. For more information call (800) 621-7440 or visit: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.
In addition, the curriculum in chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society.
All engineering programs are accredited by the by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., http://www.abet.org.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, military status, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, political preference, or disability in employment or the provision of service.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, military/Veteran‘s status, or disability. In adhering to this policy, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology abides by all federal and state statutes and regulations for the protection of employees against discrimination. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 501 East Saint Joseph St., Rapid City, SD 57701, (605) 394-1203.