Lawmaker proposes merging administration of two South Dakota universities

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — If a South Dakota Senator has his way, the Board of Regents will combine the administration of Spearfish-based Black Hills State University and Rapid City-based South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

A bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Ryan Maher (R-Isabel) would require the Board of Regents to develop a plan to share the administration of the two universities separated by about 50 miles.

The Board of Regents is against the bill, according to executive director Paul Beran.