Heather Wilson, DPhil
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 Intelligence.
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.