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FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System.

Chancellor Hagerott Blames Republican Politics for His Problems, but That Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Chancellor Hagerott Blames Republican Politics for His Problems, but That Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Last week Chancellor Mark Hagerott was stung by the revelation of an unflattering performance review from 2016 – one alleging gender bias and inappropriate behavior – as well as an accusation claiming fired Vice Chancellor Lisa Feldner to make room in his budget to hire a former colleague of his from the Navy. This week

Mark Hagerott, new chancellor of the North Dakota University System. File photo. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Podcast: Chancellor Hagerott Defends Himself and Hiring Choices

I’ve written some pretty negative stories about North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott in recent days, and I’ve had trouble getting him to comment on them, but today he agreed to come on my radio show and talk. The full audio is below. We covered his decision to hire an acquaintance of his from

NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott, left, and newly-hired NDUS Interim Vice Chancellor Phil Wisecup, right.

Lawmaker: Chancellor Fired Vice Chancellor to Make Room for “Navy Buddy”

“It’s pretty obvious that Dr. Feldner, who’s had 20 plus years of dedicated service to the state, was fired in part because the Chancellor needed budget money to hire his former Navy buddy,” state Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican from Minot, told me yesterday. Streyle is not alone in his opinion. In recent weeks I have received

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Report From 2016 Alleges Inappropriate Language, Gender Bias From NDUS Chancellor

Until last week Lisa Feldner was a vice chancellor in the North Dakota University System, but Chancellor Mark Hagerott fired her. Allegedly for “making derogatory comments to staff” and “suggesting they could lose their jobs,” my colleague Patrick Springer reported yesterday. I’m told by university system sources that Feldner was fired by email but then

Former Williston State College President Ray Nadolny at a State Board of Higher Education meeting in Williston in 2012.

Former Williston State President Ray Nadolny Writes Book With Unflattering Anecdotes About University System Leaders

Ray Nadolny resigned as the President of Williston State College in 2016. Now he’s written a bit of a tell-all book about his at times rocky tenure at the school which is causing a buzz in political and academic circles. Nadolny isn’t all that complimentary of the Legislature, or some of his bosses in the

North Dakota State College of Sciences campus in Fargo, ND. Forum News Service

SBHE Member Rips Wahpeton College President for Being Condescending, Disrespectful While Making Case for Fargo Facility

Last week on June 27 the State Board of Higher Education voted 5-3 to allow North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman to pursue financial support for a further expansion of his campus into Fargo. Why that Wahpeton-based institution needs to enlarge its presence Fargo where we already have North Dakota State University is

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

State Officials Should Make Decisions Without Consultants More Often

At times it can seem as though many of our state’s leaders are incapable of making any decision without a lengthy and expensive engagement of consultants. Everything from hiring and firing decisions to branding efforts and new logos results in hundreds of thousands of dollars being doled out to a roster of consultants. So it

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Audio: Chancellor Mark Hagerott Says ND University System Has “Dilemma” Handling “Speed of Change”

“We have a dilemma here,” North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott told me during an interview on my radio show on Friday. That dilemma is North Dakota’s eleven institutions of higher education keeping up with the “speed of change,” he continued. He identifies part of the problem as a somewhat stagnant pool educators who

NDSU Faculty Senate Circulating Resolution Claiming “Crisis of Confidence” in State Board and University System Leadership

The faculty at North Dakota State University have approved for circulation to other institutions a draft resolution expressing a “crisis in confidence” in the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota University System leadership. A SAB reader forwarded me the email below sent out by Kathryn Gordon, an Associate Professor at

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NDSU Faculty Group Rails Against “Fascism” at Legislature and “Orchestrated Attack” on Higher Education

“It’s easy to perceive being a Republican as being confused with fascism,” Mark Meister, chairman of North Dakota State University’s communication’s department, told a sparsely-attended meeting of NDSU faculty according to a report in the student newspaper, though he went on caution that lawmakers aren’t entirely to blame for what at least some meeting attendees

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