North Dakota University System undergoes staffing changes

August 3, 2015

The North Dakota University System has had several changes and adjustments take place to ensure proper staffing while plans continue to develop for the coming year under the leadership of Chancellor Mark Hagerott.

“I’ve been on the job for less than a month, and there is much to learn and many decisions to make. I’ve been meeting with legislators, business leaders and our own staff to learn as much as I can about our system and how we can best meet the needs of our state,” Hagerott said. “We all want a system that serves our students and communities and as we move forward, the changes that are made will reflect the input and collaboration of all of the system’s stakeholders.”

Murray Sagsveen served for more than two years as chief of staff and ethics officer, and until July 1 also oversaw legal services for the NDUS. Sagsveen’s last day is today and Lisa Feldner, Ph.D., current vice chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research, will take over as interim chief of staff.

“We will all miss Murray and I am very appreciative of the extensive knowledge he brought to our office. Lisa brings a wealth of experience about K-20 education, state government, technology, critical systems, and oversight of large budgets, projects and staffs to this appointment,” Hagerott said.

Legislation also impacted the NDUS budget for internal audit functions, so those adjustments are also being made. State Board of Higher Education Chair Kathleen Neset and Hagerott have authorized a temporary extension of employment to auditors Tim Rerick, Cynthia Beiswenger and Eric Miller through October 2015. This will allow the Board and the audit committee an opportunity to develop plans for future funding and organizational structure. Rerick, the NDUS director of internal audit, has agreed to assume Sagsveen’s ethics officer duties.

Richard Rothaus, Ph.D., has been appointed interim vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, replacing Sonia Cowen, Ph.D.

“We greatly appreciate all who have accepted these interim appointments. I know it not only impacts them, but it also affects their teams as duties are re-assigned. We have been working on adjustments to the Board’s strategic plan and the system office plan and will have further discussions in the coming months on future staffing of these positions. We are all in this together,” Hagerott said.