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(SD)-Four Finalists Named For SD School of Mines Presidency

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/31/2017 09:37 PM
L-R: Timothy Collins, Robert Marley, Jim Rankin, Anthony Vizzini

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Board of Regents has picked 4 finalists candidates to become the next president of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City. The post has been vacant since Heather Wilson joined the Trump administration in May as Secretary of the Air Force.

       One of the four finalists has previous ties to South Dakota Mines: University of Arkansas vice-provost for research and economic development Jim Rankin earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Rapid City school.
        They are: Timothy Collins, chief government relations officer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Missouri University of Science and Technology provost and executive vice chancellor  Robert Marley; and Anthony Vizzini, provost and senior vice president of Wichita State University

      Regent John Bastian, who chairs the presidential search process, says the finalists will be on campus  today and tomorrow for meetings with the regents and various stakeholder groups including School of Mines' students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

       Bastian says the regents will hold executive session with each of the finalists and with the campus representatives of the search committee, but that no action will be taken at these meetings.


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