The Board of Regents last week named former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson the new president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The Regents tout her public-sector experience, even though she is mostly a creature of government. Wilson has never worked in higher education, but she is smart—she is a Rhodes Scholar, like Larry Pressler.

Unlike Larry Pressler, Wilson actively opposes marriage equality and (pay attention, college students) calls anti-gay bullying mere teasing:

Wilson opposed anti-bullying laws, comparing anti-gay bullying to mere “teasing.” Earlier this year, she outlined her opposition to SB 555, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, explaining that “with respect to this particular agenda we have to recognize as parents that children tease each other.” Wilson mocked the bill — which would merely provide LGBT students with similar civil rights protections against bullying to those already granted to students bullied based on race and gender — dismissing it as “so broad it would actually punish children and say that it’s prohibited to express an opinion with respect to homosexuality in the schools” [Josh Israel, "Better Know An Anti-LGBT Senate Candidate: Former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM)," Think Progress, 2012.09.05].

Israel also reports that Congresswoman Wilson "refused to even adopt a non-discrimination policy against LGBT discrimination for employees in her own Congressional office."

But no big deal, right? We hired Wilson to use her connections to raise funds for Mines, not promote equality or create an inviting learning environment for all students and faculty, regardless of whom they love. And no non-heterosexuals work at Mines or send their kids or their contributions to Mines, do they?