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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?

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

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

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

Morton and Stemen: Get Both Sides of the Story on the Chancellor

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” – attributed to both Winston Churchill and/or Mark Twain “In seeking truth you have to get both sides of the story.” – Walter Cronkite What do

North Dakota State Board of Higher Education member Kathy Neset, left, and chairman Don Morton, center, and university system chancellor Mark Hagerott TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Did the State Board of Higher Education Make Another Bad Hire for Chancellor?

At this point the question needs to be asked: Are certain members of the State Board of Higher Education standing behind Chancellor Mark Hagerott because they’re convinced he’s still the best man for the job? Or because they want to avoid admitting they made another mistake in hiring for the Chancellor position? Either way, it

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

The University System Has Been Underhanded in Their Handling of Chancellor Problems

Earlier this year I broke a story about a 2016 staff survey which accused North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott of using inappropriate language as well as engaging in gender bias and inappropriate behavior. The response from the university system was to order a new survey, the results of which my colleague Andrew Haffner

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

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

Dickinson State University (Forum News Service file photo)

The Time Is Right for a Debate About Closing Down Some of North Dakota’s Universities

Governor Doug Burgum is hinting at it. He told the Grand Forks Herald back in May that, when it comes to the state’s public institutions, some North Dakotans “cling” too tightly to the “idea of location,” though he didn’t specifically say that any of the state’s universities should be closed. Rep. Rick Becker, a rival of

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