VCSU presidential search begins
On April 23, the North Dakota University System launched its search for the next president of Valley City State University. The new VCSU president will succeed Tisa Mason, who departed Valley City in December 2017 to assume the presidency of Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. Margaret Dahlberg, VCSU vice president for academic affairs, has been serving as interim president since Dec. 16, 2017, by appointment of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Co-chairing the VCSU Presidential Search Committee are Greg Stemen, SBHE member and VCSU alumnus, and Wesley Wintch, VCSU vice president for business affairs. More information about the search can be found at www.vcsu.edu/presidentialsearch.
Heat plant ribbon-cutting held April 3
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new VCSU heat plant was held Tuesday, April 3. Margaret Dahlberg, VCSU interim president, emceed the event, and Phil Wisecup, NDUS vice chancellor of strategy and strategic engagement, gave remarks, along with Wesley Wintch, VCSU vice president for business affairs, and Larry Robinson, VCSU executive director for university advancement. The $13.9 million facility, funded by an appropriation from the North Dakota Legislature, replaced an outdated structure dating back to 1909 with boilers more than 50 years old. With expanded capacity to accommodate future campus growth, the new plant requires less maintenance and labor, and operates significantly more efficiently, than its predecessor. The heat plant was also designed with the potential for the addition of an environmentally friendly activated carbon plant, which would generate revenue and also provide for student/faculty research opportunities.
Klingenberg receives public health service award
Erin Klingenberg, VCSU director for counseling services and assistant professor, received the 2017 Public Health Outstanding Service Award from the City-County Health District (CCHD) at a town hall discussion on “The Opioid Epidemic: Seeking Solutions in North Dakota” held at the Hi-Liner Activity Center in Valley City on April 5. Klingenberg was cited for “…providing thoughtful input and assistance in filling the gaps for behavioral health services, …serving on the core group which does the leg work between our quarterly behavioral health coalition meetings, serving on the advisory group for the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant, [and] helping to dig deeper into the issues of substance use and determine local solutions.”