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Release Date Thursday, May 30, 2019

SD Mines Names Lance Roberts Interim Provost

Dr. Lance Roberts

RAPID CITY, SD (May 30, 2019) — Lance Roberts, professor and head of the Department of Mining Engineering and Management at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. He will serve in that capacity beginning June 22 and remain until the new provost is named.

Laurie Anderson, professor and head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at SD Mines, will take over Roberts’ position as head of the mining engineering department on an interim basis. She will continue to serve as head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, as well.   

“I am very honored to serve as the interim provost. I look forward to working alongside our great faculty, staff, and administration to advance the university,” Roberts says.

The current provost and vice president for academic affairs, Demitris Kouris, a professor of mechanical engineering, is returning to a faculty position in that department at SD Mines.

“We are grateful for Dr. Roberts’ willingness to accept this interim position and helping Mines through this transition,” says SD Mines President Jim Rankin. “Dr. Roberts is an innovative and talented educator who will do a wonderful job as we embark on exciting changes and additions to the university.”

SD Mines recently added Business in Technology Management and Biomedical Engineering degrees. These new programs add to the world-class engineering and science education offered at the university. 


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: Lynn Taylor Rick, 605-394-2554, Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu

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