(SD)-Alum Named SD School Of Mines President
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City has been named the school's 19th president.
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced the appointment Tuesday of Jim Rankin. vice-provost for research and economic development at the University of Arkansas, as the successor to Heather Wilson...who left to join the Trump administration as Secretary of the Air Force.
Rankin grew up in Fort Pierre and graduated from South Dakota Mines in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He'll officially become president on January 8th.
He told a news conference announcing his selection that he was happy to be back home at his alma mater, calling it a special place.
Rankin also said he was ready to help the school grow, calling it "poised to grow in many areas including student enrollment, sponsored research (and) faculty-led innovation (that) will have an increasing role in the area's economic development."
Interim president Jan Puszynski (yawn push-IN'-skee) will return to his regular position as vice president of research.
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