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Release Date Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Mines Names New AVP of Academic Affairs

Darcy Briggs, Ph.D., is the new associate vice president of academic affairs at South Dakota Mines.

South Dakota Mines has named Darcy Briggs, Ph.D., the new associate vice president of academic affairs. Briggs will serve in the Office of the Provost under Dr. Lance Roberts.

Dr. Briggs began her career in higher education in 1998 and over the last 23 years has worked at two-year and four-year, public and private institutions. She brings a breadth of experience to South Dakota Mines in both student and academic affairs. Briggs is from South Dakota and earned her bachelor's degree in management at Northern State University before earning a master of public administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master of education at Regis University. She earned her Ph.D. in leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in 2017.

“I am grateful to have been selected as the next associate vice president of academic affairs at Mines. There are so many exciting things currently happening at the institution and planned for the future, and I am thrilled for the opportunity and look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff,” says Briggs.

In her free time Briggs enjoys staying busy and being outside. She can usually be found doing home improvements, enjoying the outdoors with family and friends and volunteering for organizations that support veterans and their families.

Briggs takes over for Dr. Kate Alley who is retiring after 20 years of service to South Dakota Mines.


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 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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