Dr. Priscilla Romkema has been named dean of the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University.
Romkema, who joined the BHSU faculty in 1997, is currently chair of the management and marketing department and will begin her duties as dean this summer.
“Dr. Romkema has shown exemplary leadership skills through her active participation on campus as well as in professional and community organizations,” Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president, said. “Her commitment to BHSU, the community, and region will provide opportunities for BHSU to enhance connections between academics and the business community.”
Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for academic affairs, says he is looking forward to working with Romkema in her new role as dean.
“Priscilla’s level of enthusiasm and dedication to the university and the College of Business is remarkable. She has a unique ability to motivate others to succeed in the classroom and outside of the classroom,” Myers said. “Her extensive background in business, her exceptional leadership skills, and her vision for the College of Business and Technology will be instrumental as we implement a new vision for the entire university.”
Romkema has a Ph.D. in education and a master’s degree in business education, both from the University of Wyoming. She earned her undergraduate degree from BHSU in instrumental music. Romkema has been a faculty member at BHSU since the fall of 1997 and is currently director of the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. She also serves as the coordinator for the entrepreneurship and business education programs. She was named chair of the management and marketing department in the fall of 2005.
Romkema currently teaches courses in the area of entrepreneurial studies, business administration, and business education. She serves as internship coordinator for business majors and also is the advisor for the student group Students in Free Enterprise. Romkema oversees an annual business plan competition for BHSU students and also organizes and coordinates workshops, seminars and courses for the university and community. She facilitates projects requested by the community in the areas of business, business plans, marketing plans.
Her teaching background includes faculty positions at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.; Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich.; and the Independent Institute of Russian Entrepreneurship in Moscow, Russia. In addition to her faculty positions, she served as a training advisor with the Environmental Policy and Technology Project in Russia and as an office manager in London, England.
Romkema is extensively involved in community and regional organizations. She is currently the past president and current member of the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Board of Directors, and District 12 Lt. Governor for Zonta International and a member of the Spearfish Zonta Club. She is also a past president and of the Northern Hills Rotary Club and past president of the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Romkema received the 2006 "Spirit of Spearfish" award presented by the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce.
Romkema is president-elect of the National Association for Business Teacher Education (NABTE) Board.
Other memberships/affiliations include the National Business Education Association (NBEA), Sigma Beta Delta, and Phi Delta Kappa.
The College of Business and Technology at BHSU consists of three departments: Accounting and Economics, Management and Marketing, and Industrial and Information Technology. With more than 750 students, BHSU has one of the largest business schools in the state and region. Degrees are offered at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s level.
Romkema and her husband, Fred, are dedicated runners who have competed in many marathons. They are both making plans to participate in the Boston Marathon this spring.