Awards & Scholarships

Timothy D. Arnold

Timothy D. Arnold (SME)

AIME William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal* in

For a career devoted to making the mining industry a better, safer place to work.

Timothy D. Arnold is VP Operations for Pershing Gold Corporation. Previously he held VP/GM positions for Nevada Copper, General Moly, Coeur d’Alene Mines and Hecla Mining Company, and was COO for Geovic Mining Corp. Arnold graduated in 1982 from the University of Idaho with a degree in Mining Engineering, and completed an Executive MBA certificate program from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a Professional Engineer in Nevada and Arizona. In 2016 he served the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration as its President and has been inducted into the University Of Idaho College Of Engineering’s Academy of Engineers. Arnold has over 35 years of experience in hard rock mining; open pit and underground, engineering and production, consulting and operations. He has held positions in mining ranging from laborer to contract miner, and from shift boss to COO. He has spent most his career either developing or operating mines.