The Staff Senate is an organization of staff at Black Hills State University (BHSU) who have been elected to represent all staff on the BHSU campuses.  The Staff Senate provides a mechanism to open communication and collaboration with and share information between staff and administration, staff and faculty, and staff and student.  This facilitates teamwork, improves morale, and builds a tighter bond between all constituents of BHSU.   

The purposes of the BHSU Staff Senate are: 

  1. To give Staff campus representation, and a means by which they have a collective voice to provide input and make recommendations to the administration on matters concerning staff.
  2. To provide encouragement and support for staff through personal and professional development opportunities, such as seminars, speakers, printed and audiovisual material, in collaboration with the Human Resources Department (HR).
  3. To recognize outstanding staff employees, including an Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year.
  4. To help orient new employees in collaboration with HR and to provide mentors to new employees through the Staff Mentoring Program.  
  5. To provide support to the University by means of the CSA Council and other scholarships, and in other ways as designated by the Staff Senate or requested by University Administration.
  6. To serve as the formal and recognized governmental structure for staff at BHSU and as an integral component in the operation and functioning of the university.   


Staff Senate: Officers Term Ends
President - Nancy Shuck 2022
Vice-President - Roxanne Lewis 2023
Secretary - Andrea Bakeberg 2022
Finance Officer - William Kelly 2022
Technical Officer - Derrick Erhart 2021
Regents' Civil Service Council Representative - Diana Jones 2023
Administration Category  
Andrea Bakeberg 2022
Athletics Category  
Brock Anundson 2023
Kristin Carmichael 2022
BHSU-RC Category  
Tai Duncan 2023
Business Category  
Diana Jones 2023
William Kelly 2022
Colleges Category  
Terri Bjorum 2021
Janette Hettick 2023
Clarissa Thompson 2023
Computing Services / Library Category  
Derrick Erhart 2021
Facility / Custodial Services Category  
Scott Hanson 2021
Marc Jolley 2022
Roxanne Lewis 2023
Student Services Category  
Taylor Watkins
Nancy Shuck 2022


Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee shall be responsible for developing and updating the Strategic Plan for the Staff Senate. The Committee shall also be responsible for ensuring the Staff Senate Strategic Plan coordinates with and supports the University’s Strategic Plan. Staff Senate will represent staff in any university Strategic Planning Committees or efforts.

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee shall be responsible for working with the Vice President, the Secretary, and the Technical Officer to coordinate and manage elections annually.   

Mentoring Committee

The Mentoring Committee shall work to establish a system of mentors within the Staff community at BHSU, seeking volunteers and overseeing the processes.  The Mentoring Committee shall also coordinate with Human Resources to assist with orientation procedures at BHSU in any way that staff can assist.   


The Staff Senate holds meetings on the third Monday of every month at 10:00 am.  All members of the BHSU community are welcome to attend the Staff Senate meetings.  Currently, the Staff Senate meetings are held via a Zoom video conference only.  You may attend the monthly meeting using the following information:

Zoom Meeting Information:

Join here: https://bhsu.zoom.us/j/93482273114?pwd=ejFQS1NZSEJNRFBoY2hlM3lQeDZqZz09

Guests are asked to join the meeting using your full name (no aliases or nicknames, please).  Please use professionalism when commenting or putting questions in the chat.  Misuse, can result in you being removed /blocked from the meeting.


The Staff Senate agendas and any supporting documents will be published below before each monthly meeting.

January 25, 2021

December 21, 2020

November 16, 2020

October 19, 2020

September 21, 2020

August 24, 2020

July 20, 2020

June 15, 2020

 May 18, 2020