Tiffany Sanderson joined Lake Area Technical College as its sixth President in January 2023. Prior to her current role, she led K-12 education in South Dakota as the Secretary of Education. Tiffany’s career has focused on education and workforce development in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Notably, she led South Dakota’s technical college system as Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and helped develop important efforts like the Build Dakota Scholarship, the state’s reduced tuition dual credit program, and funding for technical colleges and regional CTE facilities.
A South Dakota native, Tiffany grew up on a ranch and graduated from Lemmon High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from South Dakota State University and her master’s degree in Administration: Human Resource Management from the University of South Dakota.
Tiffany’s husband, Nathan, is the executive director of a statewide trade organization, and son, Carter, is the director of their free time. In addition to leading Lake Area Technical College, she serves on boards for the Watertown Development Company and South Dakota Ag & Rural Leadership (SDARL). She enjoys time with her family and friends, adventure in the outdoors, cheering on her hockey player, traveling, and supporting community efforts.