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

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.

State Board of Higher Education Chair Don Morton, left, board member Greg Stemen and North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott listen during a meeting of the SBHE in Bismarck on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Andrew Haffner / Forum News Service

Due Process for Me but Not for Thee Says the State Board of Higher Education

I recently published a statement here on SAB from Don Morton and Greg Stemen, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of North Dakota’s State Board of Higher Education respectively. While they don’t mention Chancellor Mark Hagerott and the scandal around him specifically, they’re clearly writing about it, and in their minds Hagerott has been treated unfairly.

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

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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

Sanford Got Caught With Their Hand in the Cookie Jar

Yesterday we had a bit of a political conflagration caused by NDSU President Dean Bresciani who claimed state lawmakers were trying to close a nursing program in Bismarck. Students at the school, understandably alarmed, organized a protest and showed up at the capitol en masse to weigh in. The truth, which Bresciani may have been trying

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

Universities Will Consider Rule Change Making It Easier to Fire Tenured Faculty, Protests Expected

North Dakota’s State Board of Higher Education is considering a controversial policy change which may prompt protests. At issue is section 605.3 of the university system’s policies which state, in part, that tenured faculty “shall be given written notice of termination, including the reason(s) for the action, at least twelve months prior to the date

Following a three-hour executive session, North Dakota State Board of Higher Education chair Kathy Neset, left, and vice chair Don Morton, center, and university system chancellor Mark Hagerott listen to a discussion on not offering North Dakota State University president Dean Bresciani a new contract until the board's November meeting. The SBHE meeting was held in Bismarck. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Kathy Neset: Striving Higher in Educational Goals

With Fall semester well underway, it’s a great time to take stock of where we are as a system. From the perspective of the State Board of Higher Education, it’s challenging, but also invigorating. We as a Board are tasked with helping to shape the policy that guides the North Dakota University System and its

SBHE Audit Committee to Review Bresciani Text Messaging Controversy Tomorrow

UPDATE: The audit committee has authorized an independent investigator to review the controversy. The State Board of Higher Education has just released an agenda for a meeting of their Audit Committee scheduled for tomorrow. It seems to be something of a hastily arranged thing, what with the members of the committee meeting by conference call. You

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UPDATED: Text Messages Show NDSU President Dean Bresciani Initially Supported Restrictive Media Rules

Earlier this week North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani announced that he was “profoundly disappointed” in restrictions on the media instituted by the university’s athletics department, but in text messages to Athletic Director Matt Larsen he struck a much different tone. I obtained a copy of the text messages through an open records request

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