She will lead South Dakota engineering university
Former congresswoman and former U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson will leave New Mexico to become president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Techology.
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced her selection Thursday.
Wilson, 52, will begin work in June at the school in Rapid City.
For a decade she was the congresswoman for the Albuquerque-based district. She twice ran unsuccessful campaigns for the U.S. Senate.
Wilson, a Republican, lost a primary to Steve Pearce in 2008 and she lost the general election for the Senate last year to Democrat Martin Heinrich.
Wilson is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and was a Rhodes scholar. She has both master's and doctoral degrees from Oxford University in England.