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NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott

Chancellor’s Comments on Former UND President Mark Kennedy Proves the Impotence of Higher Education Governance

Chancellor’s Comments on Former UND President Mark Kennedy Proves the Impotence of Higher Education Governance

One of the most persistent and confounding problems in North Dakota’s higher education system are university presidents – backed by politically loud constituencies made up of alumni and sports fans and hometown media – who don’t want to be governed. Who resent the governance of the State Board of Higher Education and the Legislature and

Larry Skogen. Forum News Service file photo

Do We Measure the Success of a University President in Terms of Buildings Built?

Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen has announced that he’ll be retiring next year, which means the State Board of Higher Education will soon be paying consultants a silly amount of money to provide them with a slate of replacement candidates who will, in all likelihood, be mostly from other parts of the country. Because

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark R. Hagerott visits with the Editorial Board at the Grand Forks Herald. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Chancellor Hagerott’s Open Records Dodges Are Too Cute by Half

From what I’m hearing the interim President at the University of North Dakota, who will be taking over for departing President Mark Kennedy, is the school’s medical school dean Joshua Wynne. He’s one of the named finalists, and I’m also told he’s not interested in the gig long term. He told my colleague Sydney Mook

Outgoing UND President Mark Kennedy photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Hiring Process for Mark Kennedy Cost North Dakotans Nearly $50,000 for Each Year He Actually Worked

In recent years, when it’s come time to hire for a high-profile position in North Dakota’s state government, our public servants have increasingly turned to expensive private consultants. These firms conduct national searches and return to the decision makers a list of candidates. This is an expensive process, and it’s success are inconsistent at best.

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

North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani sign a memorandum of agreement to better serve the state's workforce needs Monday, June 18, at NDSU. David Samson / The Forum

Read It: Audit Report Slams “Inappropriate Activities” at North Dakota State College of Science

“A performance audit issued today by the North Dakota Office of the State Auditor shows that North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) has engaged in inappropriate activities surrounding the proposed Career Workforce Academy, is not meeting TrainND Southeast program goals and is overstating program results,” a press release from North Dakota Auditor Josh Gallion

UND President Mark Kennedy (Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)

Read It: In Letter, North Dakota University System Says They Accept Kennedy’s “De Facto” Resignation

University of North Dakota President doesn’t quite have a new job in Colorado – he’s been named as the sole finalist, but a final decision hasn’t been made – but as far as North Dakota is concerned he’s done. In a letter, NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott has said he accepts Kennedy’s de facto resignation. Here’s an

North Dakota State's Aaron Steidl (63) is swarmed by his teammates, Brian Schaetz, (61), Greg Menard (96) and Brad Ambrosius (97) after sacking University of North Dakota quarterback Keaton Studsrud Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, on Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. David Samson / The Forum

North Dakota’s Collegiate Athletes Wouldn’t Be So Susceptible to Gamblers if They Weren’t (Basically) Free Labor

Collegiate sports is a big business. A business which helps pay the very large salaries of coaches and university bureaucrats. Even here in North Dakota, people like coaches and athletic directors and university presidents make deep into the six-figure territory. It’s an industry. One heavily subsidized by taxpayers, and built on the back of what

NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

University System Chancellor Admits He Isn’t Candid in Written Evaluations of University Presidents

For years now, through scandal and controversy, the presidents of North Dakota’s universities have received consistently glowing evaluations from their boss the chancellor. It hasn’t really mattered who the chancellor is, or who the university president is, the only thing you’ll find in the publicly available evaluations is glowing praise. The reason for this is

File photo of UND President Mark Kennedy (Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald)

It Is Absolutely the State Board of Higher Education’s Job to Weigh in When University Presidents Do Dumb Things

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been breaking news about some very unusual, very expensive personnel decisions being made on the University of North Dakota campus. The first was UND President Mark Kennedy’s personal assistant getting a promotion, a $30,000 per year raise, and a $25,000 per year travel allowance to commute from her

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