Morning Fill Up, the monthly conversation series sponsored by The Numad Group and The Bush Foundation, brings local, regional and national leaders to Rapid City for a 24-hour blitz of conversations and collaborations.

The series consists of public and private gatherings intended to inspire and engage members of The Garage coworking space, as well as residents around western South Dakota, to put their creative energies into action for the betterment of the entire community.

Dr. Jim Rankin
President, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


Dr. Jim Rankin returned to his alma mater in January as the 19th president of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. A South Dakota native from Draper and Fort Pierre, Jim graduated from Mines in 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.

In a conversation with Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group, we'll get to know more about Jim, and his vision for Mines and our community.

Prior to returning to Mines, his leadership as vice-provost for research and economic development at the University of Arkansas generated more than 50 start-up companies and significantly increased annual external funding to $103 million. He led efforts to develop the institution’s first strategic plan in research and economic development, instituted several faculty recognition programs, and developed an expedited industry contracting process.