Heather Wilson, the president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is moving forward on her confirmation process to be the Secretary of the Air Force under President Donald J. Trump. 

A confirmation hearing is scheduled in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. 

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) serves on that committee. 

56-year-old Wilson is the first of Trump's military service nominees moving forward, outside the Secretary of Defense. His picks for Secretaries of Army and Navy had to withdraw their nominations due to financial entanglements. 

KELOLAND News Investigates obtained a copy of Wilson's Public Financial Disclosure Report to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. This document shows sources of income and assets. 

Wilson also filed a separate letter to the Department of Defense's Office of General Counsel outlining the steps she will take to avoid conflict of interests. 

She will resign from her role as president of the School of Mines, director at Raven Industries and director of Peabody Energy Co. 

She's also facing a substantial salary drop. According to OpenSD, Wilson currently makes $351,839.76 in her role as the University president.

She also makes $200,333 as a director of coal company Peabody Energy and $46,000 as a director at Raven. 

She'll likely make $178,700 in her role as secretary, according to FederalPay.org. That's almost a $420,000 drop in pay. 

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AuthorMichael Geheren