Dr. Romkema, what types of leaders are being trained in the College of Business and Natural Sciences?
Our CBNS faculty members are committed to delivering quality programs to qualified students in a student-centered, service-oriented environment. We provide a context for students to reach their potential so that they may contribute to their communities, the global environment, as well as their professions and families. So what’s our secret…? It all comes down to the following: people (students, faculty, staff), the strength of our programs, and our joint commitment to effective preparation for a profession and life!
Tell us about your background.
Born and raised in Spearfish, SD, I attended Black Hills State University and earned an undergraduate degree from BHSU in instrumental music. Later I attend the University of Wyoming and earned a master’s degree in business education and a Ph.D. in education. My teaching background includes faculty positions at the University of Wyoming, Northern Michigan University, and the Independent Institute of Russian Entrepreneurship in Moscow, Russia. With a keen interest in international travel and work, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as a training advisor with the Environmental Policy and Technology Project in Russia and as an office manager in London, England.
What role does service play in your life?
Giving back (to one’s community, region, and profession) is a personal core value. It's a pleasure and a privilege to serve as the 2016-2017 President of the National Business Education Association (NBEA), as a member of the Regional Health Board, as a member of the Zonta International Past District 12 Governor (SD, WY, MT, and CO). Also, I am a former member and president of the Rotary Club of Spearfish, Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Board of Directors, and Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce.
How do you spend your “free” time?
My favorite activities include running, traveling, playing the piano, and reading…My husband and I are enthusiastic runners and and have competed in a number of marathons--including seven Boston Marathons and the New York City Marathon.
Dean: Dr. Priscilla Romkema
Black Hills State University
1200 University Street Unit 9007
Spearfish, SD 57799-9007