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Release Date Thursday, June 25, 2020

South Dakota Mines Promotes Risk Management Director

Jerilyn Roberts

RAPID CITY, SD (June 25, 2020) — In an effort to further strengthen the university’s emergency management capabilities in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, South Dakota Mines has shifted its current risk management department under a new department, changed its name and promoted its director, Jerilyn Roberts

Roberts, who has served as Director of Facilities and Risk Management since 2014, and is a South Dakota Mines alumna, will now become Associate Vice president for Facilities, Risk, and Services - the new department name.  Facilities, Risk, and Services will now report to the office of Finance and Administration. Roberts has worked at the university since 2006.

“There is a lot of synergies to be gained by this organizational change,” said Dr. Bill Spindle, vice president for the department of Finance and Administration. “I am looking forward to working closely with Jerilyn’s team as we move into the unchartered waters of managing a university in a pandemic and post-pandemic environment.”

Roberts has led the response to the COVID-19 pandemic since March, supervising a team of over 50 employees as they remained on campus as essential employees. “Her staff has worked diligently to keep the campus safe and operating as we attempt to manage the many challenges posed by this pandemic,” Spindle said. “Her leadership role in the pandemic response has been critical.”

“The COVID-19 Pandemic has been one of the most challenging times in my career,” Roberts said. “My team has worked tirelessly and will continue to do so to ensure the safety of our students, staff and faculty.”


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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

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