Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Mines Names New VP for Finance & Administration

Bill Spindle, vice president of finance and administration. 

RAPID CITY, SD (Dec. 18, 2019) — South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has named Bill Spindle, Ed.D., as its new vice president for finance and administration.

Spindle will manage the university’s $98 million budget and serve as a member of the senior leadership team, shaping the direction and future of the university. He replaces former VP Heather Forney, who left South Dakota Mines in September to become the vice president of finance and administration for the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Spindle leaves his previous position as vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at Texas A&M in San Antonio. Prior to his time at Texas A&M, Spindle served for nine years as the vice chancellor for administrative services for the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he managed an operating budget of $313 million. Other previous positions include director of business services as well as head of procurement for the University of Alaska.

From 1977 to 1997, Spindle served in the United States Air Force, leaving as a full colonel. While serving, he worked in various capacities, including as director of contracting for the largest Air Force Command – Pacific Air Force – where he earned Air Force Base Contracting Officer of the Year.

In addition, Spindle has worked as an adjunct university instructor for more than 30 years.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve with the outstanding staff, faculty and students of such a prestigious institution. I can’t wait to get started!” says Spindle.     

“We are pleased to welcome Bill to the South Dakota Mines family,” says Jim Rankin, president of South Dakota Mines. “With his wide range of professional and military experience, we are confident that he will guide the university well as we navigate the university’s financial future.”    

Spindle will begin his new position on Jan. 21, 2020.  


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,475 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $66,150. For these reasons College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines, the #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

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