Tag Archives: higher education

Print Column: Something Seems Fishy in Wahpeton

Print Column: Something Seems Fishy in Wahpeton

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman has long been desirous of further expanding his campus from Wahpeton, where it is mandated by the state constitution to reside, into Fargo. Many, including this observer, feel the hiring of former state lawmaker and current Fargo City Commission member Tony Grindberg to

Kevin Melicher

SBHE Member Kevin Melicher Is Out as Six Candidates Advance to Fill Vacancies

Kevin Melicher, who was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education by former Governor Jack Dalrymple, was never perceived as a strong pick. He embarrassed himself in front of a state Senate committee reviewing his appointment, and that appointment was only narrowly approved by a vote of the full chamber after a lengthy debate.

Print Column: I’m a Dangerous Nazi (Allegedly)

MINOT, N.D. — I’m a dangerous Nazi. That’s according to a professor at Minot State University who was supposed to moderate an event I’d been invited to speak at by Dr. Robert Kibler who chairs the Department of Foreign Languages, Humanities, and Literature there. Kibler told me the colleague he’d chosen to moderate the event

Gov. Doug Burgum dishes out high-fives during his visit with Fargo Lincoln Elementary fourth grade students on Tuesday, April 24. David Samson / Forum News Service

Why Can’t the North Dakota University System Be Satisfied With a 31 Percent Increase in Funding for a 7 Percent Increase in Students?

At a State Board of Higher Education meeting yesterday there was a lot of griping among some board members about Governor Doug Burgum’s suggested budget cut. Board Chair Don Morton sounded a different tone in an interview with me earlier this week (audio here). “Every organization has room to find efficiencies,” Morton told me, adding that

Old Main at Minot State University

Video: Discussion of Higher Education at Minot State University Was a Success Despite Protests

Last night I participated in a discussion about the future of higher education at Minot State University alongside Assistant Professor of Education Dan Conn. The event went well – the discussion was lively and fun – and I very much enjoyed myself. Below, courtesy of Dan who posted it on Facebook, is video of the

Podcast: SBHE Chair Says Burgum’s Proposed Cuts to University Budgets Are Achievable, “We Will Live Within the Budget”

Superintendent Don Morton spoke about Governor Doug Burgum’s proposed 10 percent cuts to the North Dakota University System on the radio show today. “Every organization has room to find efficiencies,” Morton told me, acknowledging that the universities “let programs grow” in the past which perhaps shouldn’t have. “I really like Doug’s approach,” Morton continued. “Let’s

A Discussion About Higher Education at Minot State University

For those of you readers who might be in the area and able to attend, I’ll be participating in a discussion about higher education at Minot State University tomorrow evening. The campus is hosting Shakespeare-Fest – this week commemorates both the birth and death dates of the famous bard – and part of those events

Larry Skogen, president of Bismarck State College

Bismarck State President: Saudi Arabia’s Systematic Oppression of Women Is a “Religious More” to Be Tolerated

At yesterday’s meeting of the State Board of Higher Education state Rep. Marvin Nelson, a Democrat from Rolla, was critical of a pending deal between Bismarck State College and the National Power Academy of Saudi Arabia which serves men only. The agreement would be a five year contract for BSC to provide curriculum and training to

UND President Mark Kennedy. Grand Forks Herald file photo.

William Brotherton: The University of North Dakota Deserves Better Than Mark Kennedy

This guest post was submitted by UND alumnus William Brotherton As a still proud graduate of the University of North Dakota, and the owner of 3 businesses, I’d like to have my say in whether Mark Kennedy continues as the lame-duck president of UND. Quite frankly, it’s time for him to leave. Most business owners

Mark Kennedy addresses people after being selected as the next President of the University of North Dakota Tuesday at the Gorecki alumni center. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Maybe University Presidents Aren’t All That Important

It’s remarkable how much time and treasure we invest into hiring presidents for our public universities. We have learned in recent weeks that University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy is job hunting. He will interview for a gig at the University of Central Florida this week. He was hired at UND not quite two