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Joshua Wynne, dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was named interim president of the university on Thursday, May 30. (Photo courtesy of UND Today)

Plain Talk: Wynne Says Former UND President Mark Kennedy’s Progress Was “Tainted” by “Personality Issues”

Plain Talk: Wynne Says Former UND President Mark Kennedy’s Progress Was “Tainted” by “Personality Issues”

Former University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy, who left that position under a cloud of criticism to take a new one at the University of Colorado, did a lot of good things according to interim UND President Joshua Wynne. He said, on this episode of Plain Talk, that you have to “separate the message

Mark Kennedy Grand Forks Herald file photo

Guest Post: Suggestions for Reviving the University of North Dakota

This guest post was written by William J. Brotherton, a UND graduate, a North Dakota and Texas attorney, and an adopted member of the Spirit Lake Sioux. He is the author of Burlington Northern Adventures: Railroading in the Days of the Caboose. He lives in Argyle, Texas. Now that the University of North Dakota will

Former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer during his time as interim president at the University of North Dakota Grand Forks Herald photo

Ed Schafer Says No to Another Stint as President of the University of North Dakota

This week current UND President Mark Kennedy sent an official resignation out to campus, occasioned by his acceptance of a new job as president of the University of Colorado. Here’s what he sent: Kennedy isn’t North Dakota’s problem any more. Things had gotten so bad that Colorado hiring him saved North Dakota the trouble of

The North Dakota Department of Transportation building in Bismarck Photo via the NDDOT

Former DOT Drivers License Director Allegedly Told Female Subordinate She Reminded Him of a Character in a Romance Novel He Wrote

Glenn Jackson was director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s drivers license division until he resigned last week. He’d been on leave since February pending an investigation into accusations that he, among other things, was showing favoritism to young, female employees. As you can see from the full investigation report into those accusations (below),

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

Mark Kennedy Named New President of the University of Colorado

It was a close, but the outcome wasn’t unexpected. On a party line vote, the Board of Regents voted to appoint current University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy as the new President of the University of Colorado. If you want to watch the whole, long-winded meeting you can do so here: This solves a

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp concedes the North Dakota senate race, at an election night event in Fargo, N.D., Nov. 6, 2018. (Hilary Swift/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

Heidi Heitkamp Says She’d Consider Being President of the University of North Dakota

I wrote previously that if former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp wanted the president’s job at the University of North Dakota she should be considered for it. Of course, current UND President Mark Kennedy still has the job, even though he’s the sole finalist for a new job in Colorado. But it’s clear he’s worn out

Print Column: Subjecting Mark Kennedy to an Ideological Litmus Test Is Unfair

MINOT, N.D. — Once upon a time I thought Mark Kennedy was going to be a good leader for the University of North Dakota. I cheered when he made tough decisions like closing down the women’s hockey program which bled money because, despite vocal support from some, few showed up to watch the games or

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

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

UND President Mark Kennedy in his Twamley Hall office. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Kennedy Denying That He Resigned Is All About Money

Late last week North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott sent a letter to embattled UND President Mark Kennedy accepting his tacit resignation. Kennedy had, earlier in the week, sent the campus what sure seemed like a definitive resignation letter, and Hagerott chose to view it that way. But yesterday the Grand Forks Herald reported that

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

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