First phase of Listening Session concludes

August 6, 2015


IMG_4619Chancellor Mark Hagerott got his chance – or chances – to hear from North Dakota’s senators and representatives recently, and he feels it’s only the beginning of a great conversation.

After concluding the first leg of his listening sessions with state legislators, the North Dakota University System chancellor will move forward soon into the next phase of sessions with other leaders, both from the state and from business and industry, before moving on to hear what individual campus leaders have to say.

The listening sessions took Hagerott to Minot, Williston, Jamestown, Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck and Dickinson to hear what lawmakers felt were the highest priorities concerning the system’s 11 colleges and universities.

According to Hagerott, the listening sessions proved to be even more informative and useful than he had hoped.

“After meeting with many of our state’s Senators and Representatives, I feel that I’ve begun to get a better understanding of how strongly they feel toward education in our state,” Hagerott said. “These sessions were filled with incredibly enlightening commentary from our lawmakers, and I’ve already begun to reflect on those conversations so we can move higher education forward together.”

Hagerott will continue his “Listen and Learn” tour by meeting with heads of state agencies before touring businesses throughout the state and meeting with private sector and community leadership.