Candidates narrowed for the UND presidential search

January 20, 2016

[UPDATED 2/5/2016 1:35 P.M.]

Committee narrows list of presidential candidates to interview on UND campus

The University of North Dakota presidential search committee interviewed presidential candidates Feb. 1 and 2 in-person in Minneapolis to narrow the list of 16 candidates to seven.

“I was highly impressed with the level of experience that these individuals brought to our search and the specific qualifications each one has to meet the needs of our students and build our campus legacy into the future,” UND Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Hesham El-Rewini said. “We look forward to each candidate visiting our university to meet our faculty, staff, students and community members. These visits will be essential in showcasing our beautiful campus and engaging our various constituents in the process.”

“We are pleased with the wealth of experience embodied by the candidates of this presidential search,” UND Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Grant Shaft said. “As we progress through the next phase of this search we are confident that we will discover who will be the best fit to serve the campus and community.”

The semi-finalists will be invited to campus between the dates of Feb. 11 through March 3 to meet with the search committee as well as meet with a broad base of internal and external constituency groups. The search committee will solicit feedback from faculty, staff, students and all other constituencies before the final meeting of the search committee scheduled for March 7.

The finalists who will proceed to the next interview stage include:
• Dr. Mark Rudin, vice president for research and economic development at Boise State University, Idaho
• Dr. Jay Noren, associate dean, College of Medicine at University of Illinois in Chicago and former president at Wayne State University
• Hon. Mark R. Kennedy, director of Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and former congressman (2001-07)
• Dr. Nagi G. Naganathan, dean, College of Engineering and Interim President (2014-15) at University of Toledo, Ohio
• Dr. Daniel L. Clay, Dean, College of Education at University of Missouri, Missouri
• Dr. Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer at Arizona State University, Arizona
• Dr. Steven Shirley, president of Minot State University, Minot, N.D.

The search committee will recommend a slate of finalists to the State Board of Higher Education, which will conduct final interviews on the UND campus March 15, with the selection of the next UND president announced thereafter.


Committee adds application to list of candidates for UND presidential search

The University of North Dakota presidential search committee met via phone conference today to decide if two recent applicants would be included in the upcoming in-person interviews to be held next week in Minneapolis. The committee made the decision to accept applications before the deadline of noon on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The committee voted unanimously to include current Minot State University President Steve Shirley in the interviews. It also decided not to advance the second applicant, Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, the current president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten.

“Our goal as a committee is to find the best leader for UND and where we want to be in the future as an institution,” UND presidential search committee co-chair Hesham El-Rewini said. “We have a great pool of applicants and from here, we will be able to interview everyone in person and see how their skills fit with the goals of UND.”

The committee will interview the candidates Feb. 1 and 2 when they will meet in person in Minneapolis. The other candidates who will proceed were voted upon at a previous meeting. The names of those advancing can be foundhere.

Following the next phase of interviews, the semi-finalists will be invited to UND’s campus between Feb. 11 and March 3 to meet with the search committee, as well as meet with a broad-base of internal and external constituency groups. The search committee will solicit feedback from faculty, staff, students and all other constituencies before the final meeting scheduled for March 7. The search committee will recommend a slate of finalists to the State Board of Higher Education, which will meet at the UND campus March 15 to make its decision.


Committee narrows list of candidates for the UND presidential search

The University of North Dakota presidential search committee met in Grand Forks today to narrow the list of 41 candidates to 15.

“Our committee had the opportunity to see a group of highly qualified applicants and spent quality time discussing each of their resumes and letters to see who is the best fit for the future of our university,” UND Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Hesham El-Rewini said. “AGB Search consultants are impressed with the strong interest in UND from across the country. It is an important and an exciting time for the campus and community.”

The committee’s next step will be to interview the candidates Feb. 1 and 2 when they will meet the candidates in person in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“I think that going forward, we have narrowed our list of candidates to match UND’s needs as the campus moves into the future. I think the results of today were very positive with great dialogue that will continue into each stage. The decision of who should lead this institution is a great responsibility and I thank all of those who are giving all of their efforts as well as volunteering their time to this very worthy endeavor,” UND Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Grant Shaft said.

The finalists who will proceed to the interview stage include:

 

  • Mark Rudin, vice president for research and economic development at Boise State University, Idaho
  • Robert C. Beatty, dean at College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida
    Dr. Rodney S. Hanley, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fisk University, Tennessee
  • Kody Varahramyan, senior aide to the chancellor; former vice chancellor for research (2008-15) at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indiana
  • Robert A. Kennedy, executive search consultant at Academic Keys, Minnesota and former President (2011-2012) for Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
  • Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, senior advisor to the president; former provost and vice president for academic affairs (2011-15) at University of Texas in Arlington, Texas
  • Jay Noren, associate dean, College of Medicine at University of Illinois in Chicago and former president at Wayne State University
  • Helena S. Wisniewski, vice provost for research and graduate studies; dean of the Graduate School at University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska
  • Ray M. Purpur, deputy director of athletics, physical education and recreation at Stanford University, California
  • Mark R. Kennedy, director of Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and former congressman (2001-07)
  • Nagi G. Naganathan, dean, College of Engineering and Interim President (2014-15) at University of Toledo, Ohio
  • Daniel L. Clay, Dean, College of Education at University of Missouri, Missouri
  • Timothy J. Greene, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western Michigan University, Michigan
  • Allen Lee Sessoms, distinguished professor, School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and former president (2008-13) at University System of the District of Columbia
  • Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer at Arizona State University, Arizona

 

Following the next phase of interviews, the semi-finalists will be invited to campus between the dates of Feb. 11 through March 3 to meet with the search committee as well as meet with a broad base of internal and external constituency groups. The search committee will solicit feedback from faculty, staff, students and all other constituencies before the final meeting of the search committee scheduled for March 7. The search committee will recommend a slate of finalists to the State Board of Higher Education, which will conduct final interviews on the UND campus March 15, with the selection of the next UND president announced thereafter.