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Former Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), pictured here during her re-election campaign, in Rutland, N.D., Oct. 7, 2018. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

UND Should Absolutely Consider Heidi Heitkamp for President

UND Should Absolutely Consider Heidi Heitkamp for President

One way or another, UND President Mark Kennedy is gone. “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here,” is a phrase I’m sure you’re familiar with if you’ve ever stayed until closing time at a bar. That’s pretty much where Kennedy is at. He may or may not get a new job

What Is the Point of the State Board of Higher Education?

There are two very ugly, very tumultuous situations in North Dakota’s university system right now. Situations in need of accountability. Transparency. Strong leadership. Unfortunately, we’re not getting it from the State Board of Higher Education. Case in point, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy sent a letter to campus which said he’d be leaving

Plain Talk: Burgum Vows Veto Fight With Legislature Isn’t Over, University of Colorado Student Says Kennedy Will Face Protests on Visit

On this episode of Plain Talk, Governor Doug Burgum says a separation of powers fight with the Legislature isn’t over after lawmakers overrode his veto. He stopped short of saying his administration might take the matter back to the courts, but said if it does end up back there “the [state] Supreme Court has been

Print Column: Let’s Talk About How We’re Going to Replace Kennedy at UND

MINOT, N.D. – Reading the headline, I’m sure some of you readers think I’m getting ahead of myself. After all, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy got a bit ahead of himself when he sent a goodbye letter to the campus community, touting himself as the sole finalist for a new gig at the

UND president Mark Kennedy answers questions during a meeting with the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board Thursday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Judge Mark Kennedy on His Competence as a Leader Not His Politics

A decision by the University of Colorado to make current University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy their president has proved controversial. But not because Kennedy has been a poor communicator, and a poor leader, here in North Dakota. Most of the rancor seems focused on Kennedy’s politics, per this report in the Denver Post.

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

Whatever Colorado Decides, North Dakota Needs to Be Done With Mark Kennedy

Yesterday University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy sent the campus community what sure seemed like a resignation letter. “With mixed feelings, excited for this new opportunity, but sorry to leave UND, we look forward to keeping in close contact with our many friends in North Dakota and returning to witness UND’s continued progress,” he

The North Dakota State University campus. Forum file photo

Would a New Governance Structure for North Dakota’s Universities Really Change Anything?

Earlier this week it appeared as though the cause of reforming the North Dakota University System’s governance structure was dead. But then the state House reconsidered a previously defeated bill which would enlarge the State Board of Higher Education, and because it’s an amendment to the state constitution the issue will be in front of

Plain Talk: More Than You Ever Really Wanted to Know About Pore Space

On a previous episode of Plain Talk, state Senator Jessica Unruh made the case for her bill (which has now passed the House and Senate and is currently in conference committee) address the issue of pore space and other issues important to the oil and coal industry in the state. On this episode Troy Coons,

Hailey Vold, a senior at Mayville State, walks to class recently past Old Main. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Something Is Terribly Wrong if the Only Thing Keeping a University Open Is the State Constitution

Today the Grand Forks Herald takes a victory lap over the defeat by the state Senate of HCR3016. That was an amendment proposed by state Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck) which would have removed the names and purposes of public universities from the state constitution. Eight of North Dakota’s eleven state schools are named in the

Greg Strommen, an engineering technician at North Dakota State University's Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering, operates and maintains the equipment in the "clean room" in this 2010 file photo. Heidi Shaffer / The Forum

Guest Post: Support ND’s Research Engine & Economic Diversification With State Funding

This guest post was submitted by Steve Burian, Co-Chairperson of the Valley Prosperity Partnership Steering Committee & AE2S Cofounder Thank you to Sen. Ron Sorvaag and to the North Dakota Senate for leading the charge in supporting Senate Bill (SB) 2282, a historic bill that will diversify North Dakota’s economy by funding transformational research at the

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