Dr. Heather Wilson Biography
Heather Wilson, DPhil, a former member of Congress
and a former Rhodes Scholar, began her term in June 2013 as the first female president in the School of Mines' 128-year history.
Dr. Wilson has worked as a senior adviser to top-tier national
laboratories. She served New Mexico in the US Congress from 1998 to
2009, where she was on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was
the chair of the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical
Before being elected to Congress, Wilson was the cabinet secretary of
New Mexico's Children, Youth, and Families Department, where she was
chief executive of the state agency which had a $216 million budget and
2,000 employees. She also served on the National Security Council staff
in Washington after she concluded her service as a US Air Force officer.
Wilson earned her bachelor of science degree from the US Air Force
Academy in the third class to include women. She completed her master's
and doctoral degrees in international relations as a Rhodes Scholar at
Oxford University in England. She is the second Mines president to have
graduated from a US military academy (the first being Harvey Fraser, who
served 1966-1975) and the third to have served in the US Air Force.