Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Heather Forney Named New VP of Finance at SD Mines

Heather Forney, the Vice President of Finance & Administration at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.


Heather Forney is the new Vice President of Finance & Administration at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Forney most recently served as the director of finance and held the interim position following the retirement of past vice-president of finance, Steve Malott. 

In her new position Forney will continue maintaining the overall financial health of the university including its $98 million budget. She will also serve as a member of the senior leadership team that helps shape the direction and future of the university and will advise the university president, executive council, and cabinet on financial matters.

“I am honored and humbled to be given this opportunity at SD Mines,” says Forney. “I look forward to working with President Rankin and the entire leadership team to contribute to the advancement of the university’s mission and vision. Graduates of SD Mines are changing the world, and I’m excited to be some small part of that."

Forney’s extensive experience and work in state government make her an asset for SD Mines. She came to Mines in 2014 following a successful career in state government that included service as the Director of Finance for the South Dakota Board of Regents and a Deputy Executive Director for the Public Utilities Commission. Her experience includes work in academia; she served as an adjunct instructor of economics and accounting at the Capital University Center in Pierre. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from the University of South Dakota.



About SD Mines  

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

Contact: Mike Ray , 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

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