Board hosts chancellor search listening meetings

December 19, 2014

Board faculty advisor Eric Murphy speaks to the crowd while Board member Grant Shaft sand Board staff advisor Janice Hoffarth look on.

Board faculty advisor Eric Murphy speaks to the crowd while Board member Grant Shaft sand Board staff advisor Janice Hoffarth look on at the UND listening session.

The State Board of Higher Education held listening meetings this month at each North Dakota University System campus. At least one Board member facilitated each meeting, and opened up the floor for suggestions of characteristics needed for the next chancellor of the university system. Comments came from students, faculty, staff, legislators and community members. A sampling of the characteristics mentioned is listed below.

  • Collaborative leadership style
  • Consensus builder
  • Strong communication skills
  • Humility
  • Midwestern values
  • Visionary leader, promote innovation
  • Bridge-builder to the state legislature
  • Background in higher education leadership
Students, faculty, staff and administrators gathered for the listening session at NDSCS.

Students, faculty, staff and administrators gathered for the listening session at NDSCS.

The final profile is scheduled to be posted online January 15. After the applications have been received, the Board will meet approximately four times to determine top candidates and conduct interviews. The finalists will then be interviewed on May 14.

The Board has also enlisted an advisory committee comprised of leaders from across the state to help guide the selection process. The advisory committee includes:

  • Russ McDonald, President, United Tribes Technical College
  • James Shea, President, University of Mary
  • Kirsten Baesler, Superintendent, Department of Public Instruction
  • Jon Backes, Attorney, McGee, Hankia & Backes, PC
  • Terry Olson, Executive Director, Williston State College Foundation
  • Bruce Dolezal, Regional President, American Bank Center
  • Perry Miller, Owner, Miller, Perry & Denise-Lochmor Apartments
  • Andy Peterson, President & CEO, North Dakota Chamber of Commerce
  • Dean Bresciani, President, North Dakota State University
  • Robert Kelley, President, University of North Dakota
  • Dave Clark, Interim President, Bismarck State College
  • Steve Shirley, President, Minot State University
  • Larry Skogen, Interim Chancellor, North Dakota University System

    Board member Kathleen Neset is surrounded by stakeholders at the listening meeting at WSC.

    Board member Kathleen Neset is surrounded by stakeholders at the listening meeting at WSC.

The advisory committee members will provide input on the qualifications and the candidates throughout the process. However, only the Board will vote to determine the top candidates.

Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen has served in this position since June 2013. In accordance with his contract, he will return to his position as president of Bismarck State College this summer.