Joe Rainboth

Joe Rainboth
Director of Admissions

Jayce Winsell

Jayce Winsell
Assistant Director of Admissions


About:  From Sturgis, SD; Graduated from BHSU in 2017

Degrees: Corporate Communications and Marketing

Favorite thing about BHSU: Our location in the Black Hills is so beautiful and we are lucky to have access to a surplus of outdoor activities.

Katrina Huft

Taylor Watkins
Dual Credit Coordinator


Areas Serving: Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, Rising Scholars.

South Dakota counties: Lawrence, Harding, Butte, Meade, Perkins, Ziebach, Corson, Dewey, Potter, Campbell, and Walworth.

About: From Beresford, SD; Graduated from BHSU in 2019

Degree: Environmental Physical Science with minors in History and Geography

Favorite thing about BHSU: Spearfish is such a welcoming community that is easy to feel at home. BHSU carries the same feeling. The faculty and staff care so much about your success and really get to know you and your goals.

Donnie Keifert

Donnie Keifert
Admissions Counselor


Areas Serving: Colorado, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabaman, Mississippi and Washington DC

South Dakota Counties: Pennington, Custer, Fall River, Shannon, Haakon, Jackson, Bennett, Stanley, Jones, Mellette, Todd, Sully, Hughes, Lyman, Tripp, Gregory, Brule, and Buffalo

About: From Spearfish, SD; Graduated from BHSU in 2016

Degree: History with Geography minor

Favorite thing about BHSU: I'd say, both the community here at BHSU and the town of Spearfish itself. We may be a small South Dakota town, but Spearfish is the kind of town that provides its residents and visitors with a sense of comfort while providing ample opportunity for any and all to plant roots and grow. Black Hills State University is a reflection of this warm community experience. We at BHSU are a close-knit community that focuses on providing the attention and involvement of a smaller school while also providing students with a top-notch education administered by the wonderful faculty and staff. This is why Spearfish and BHSU are places where so many can do so much; where anything is possible.

Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretsky - Michael Scott

Paden Hunt

Paden Hunt
Admissions Counselor


Areas Serving: Montana, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Washington State, Oregon, and California.

About: From Burke, South Dakota; Graduated from USD in 2017 & 2019

Degree: Bachelor's in History Education and Masters in Higher Education

Favorite thing about BHSU: The people on campus and in Spearfish make you feel welcomed. I feel like I have lived here all of my life!

Jordon Mendoza
Admissions Counselor