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Mike Butts

Mike Butts

Mike joined the Lake Area Technical College team in July 2020 as Dean of Academics. He comes with a wealth of educational experience including roles as a High School Science Teacher for 3 years in Bristol, SD, and 11 years in Rawlins, WY.  Mike then was the High School Assistant Principal for 6 years at Rapid City Central High School in Rapid City, SD, and most recently as High School Principal for 13 years here in Watertown.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries Biology at the University of South Dakota, MAT in Natural Sciences from Northern State University, Ed.S in K-12 Administration from Chadron State College in Chadron, NE, and Ed.D in K-12 Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Mike and his wife, JoAnn, live south of Watertown. JoAnn is the Librarian at Watertown Middle School. Their daughter, Erika, lives in Akaska, SD; son, Kellen, (LATC grad) lives and works in Britton, SD; and son, Levi, lives and works in Huron, SD. In his free time, Mike enjoys being outdoors fishing, hunting, and camping. He also loves antiquing/treasure hunting.


Mike Butts
Dean of Academics