Hacker, Johnson, Ness and Stemen learn the ropes
New members of the State Board of Higher Education sat down Wednesday afternoon, June 24, with a singular purpose in mind: learn the responsibilities of their new role during Board orientation.
The four new Board members, Nick Hacker, Brett Johnson, Mike Ness and Greg Stemen soaked up as much information in one afternoon as possible. All of the new members have served on other boards and associations previously, although Ness was the only one with some SBHE meetings under his belt as he’d been previously appointed to fill a vacant position.
Chancellor Mark Hagerott joined the new Board members, listening to what the assembled presenters had to say about students, campus visions and how the individual schools aimed to find where student goals intersected with the outlooks of business and industry, and provide educations to meet those needs. Each president or institution’s designated representative provided a brief background on their respective college or university’s focus and mission. Additionally, vice chancellors provided background on their respective duties and departments.
UND and NDSU Presidents Robert Kelley and Dean Bresciani went first, providing background on the state’s two research universities. They were followed by NDSCS President John Richman, LRSC Vice President of Academic Affairs Lloyd Halvorson, BSC President Dave Clark, DCB Dean Ken Grosz, WSC President Ray Nadolny, MiSU President Steve Shirley, DSU Provost Dr. Cynthia Pemberton, MiSU President Gary Hagen and VCSU President Tisa Mason.
Then the orientation was handed over to the vice chancellors. Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research Lisa Feldner spoke first, followed by Richard Rothaus on academic programs research and accreditation on behalf of Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Sonia Cowen. Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs Laura Glatt spoke on financial topics third, followed by Vice Chancellor of Strategic Engagement Linda Donlin.
Open meetings laws were also covered. Chief of Staff Murray Sagsveen and Assistant General Counsel Cynthia Wagner Goulet then spoke on the topics of governance ethics, risk management, administrative, fiduciary responsibilities, accreditation and foundations.