Dean of Students

We want you to flourish at the School of Mines. And we know, sometimes, life gets complicated: unexpected illnesses, family situations, financial strains, and academic stresses.

We’re here to help, with a wealth of resources, services, and programming, or simply an open door. From our Residence Life staff to our Veteran’s Resource Center, we’re committed to creating a healthy, engaging environment for all of our students, inside the classroom and out. 

A Message from:

Dean Pat Mahon,
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Mahon, Patricia 200x250The members of the Student Development Division and I welcome you to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. We are dedicated to serving students and helping individuals grow and develop while they pursue their educational and career goals.
I came to the School of Mines in the fall of 2000 as the Vice President for Student Development and the Dean of Students. Prior to that I worked in the divisions of student affairs at Eastern Montana College
(now Montana State University Billings) and Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Being a native of Wyoming, it is great to be in this part of the country.
I enjoy meeting students and hearing firsthand your questions, concerns and accomplishments. And definitely make sure I know how to pronounce your name because it is my privilege to introduce you as you receive your SDSM&T undergraduate diploma!
Here's looking forward to seeing you around campus, whether it is at events, in the Hardrock Dining Hall, on the Quad, or in my office located in the Surbeck Center.
Sincerely, Dean Mahon

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Our vision is for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to be recognized as an exceptional engineering and science university. 

Our mission is to prepare leaders in engineering and science; to advance knowledge and its application; and to serve the state of South Dakota, the region and the nation. 

Core Values—Excellence, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Collaboration

Strategic Priorities (Goals)

  • Student Success—Prepare more undergraduate students for leadership in engineering and science. 
  • Research—Increase research to prepare science and engineering experts, advance knowledge, and catalyze economic development. 
  • Facilities—Redevelop and expand needed living, learning, and research spaces.
  • People—Recruit, develop and retain excellent faculty and staff. 
  • Administration—Responsibly steward financial and physical resources.  
  • Development—Establish a robust culture of philanthropy to enable the university to sustain excellence.            

SD Mines Inclusion Statement

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is committed to cultivating an inclusive learning environment where faculty, staff, and students can grow and succeed. We value the diversity of unique backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and talents within our community. It is our goal to promote a culture of respect, honor, understanding, integrity, and collaboration. It is through this diversity and inclusion that we find our strength. Read More Info Inclusion & Diversity at SD Mines   

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Statement of Purpose: Members of the Division will retain students and engage them in the development of personal qualities and skills to enhance professional and personal success in a safe, healthy and inclusive environment.  

Vision: Every School of Mines graduate will be recognized as a professional when entering the workforce.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Patricia Mahon
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Surbeck Center
Rapid City, SD 57701
Work Phone (605) 394-2416
FAX 605-394-6721