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Release Date Thursday, August 27, 2020

South Dakota Mines Names Lance Roberts Provost


Dr. Lance Roberts is the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at South Dakota Mines.


Lance Roberts, Ph.D., is the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at South Dakota Mines. Roberts previously served as interim provost, professor, and head of the Department of Mining Engineering and Management.

Roberts is an alumnus, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering at Mines before finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2006. Roberts also brings his experience in industry to the provost’s office. Just prior to joining the faculty at South Dakota Mines, he worked for three years as senior vice president of the Mining and Energy Division of RESPEC. The Black Hills-based engineering firm has over 400 employees who provide services in 41 states and more than 50 countries.

“We are lucky to have a faculty member of Dr. Roberts’ caliber in the position of provost at South Dakota Mines,” says President Jim Rankin. “Dr. Roberts is an innovative and talented leader. His expertise will be instrumental in guiding the university to new heights.”

As provost, Roberts oversees undergraduate, graduate and professional education, advocates for academic priorities and institutional improvements, and ensures that Mines continues to recruit and retain an exceptional faculty. In his role as vice president of academic affairs, Roberts also leads the effort to boost enrollment and retention at the university in overseeing the admissions office and the office of student success.   

“I am very honored to serve as the provost. I look forward to working alongside our great students, faculty and staff as we continue to advance the frontier of innovation,” Roberts says.

In his down time, Roberts enjoys spending time with his family which includes boating, fishing, golfing, and biking around the city.


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.

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

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