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Kirsten Diederich
Board Chair

Kirsten Diederich, Ph.D., Fargo, N.D., is recently retired from a 16-year career as an assistant professor of biology at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., where she taught cell biology, anatomy and physiology, and evolutionary psychology.

Diederich has been named to the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) for 2013. She was also recently appointed ND ACCT Coordinator for the Western Region.

Diederich is a member of the FM AM Rotary Club and the National Science Teachers Association. She has served on the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center board of directors and has been involved in fundraising activities for NDSU and the FM Symphony. She also has served on the First Lutheran Church Council and as a volunteer for the FM Humane Society.

She graduated from Fargo North High School and attended the University of North Dakota for three years before earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from North Dakota State University. She went on to earn a master's in entomology and a doctorate in zoology from NDSU.

Appointed to the board in 2010, Diederich's term expires June 30, 2014.

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Terry Hjelmstad
Vice Chair

Terry Hjelmstad
Terry Hjelmstad, Ed.D., Minot, N.D., is a retired high school assistant principal, athletic director, teacher and career education mentor. He served Minot Public Schools in many capacities, beginning in 1973 and ending in 2010.

Hjelmstad's career also includes two years away from Minot when he taught physical education and coached baseball at the University of North Dakota and three years when he was assistant principal at Sunrise Mountain High School and Cactus High School in Peoria, Ariz. Hjelmstad has served on many boards and committees, including the North Dakota High School Athletic Directors Association, the North Dakota High School Activities Association, the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame Committee and the Norsk Hostfest advisory committee.

A native of Glenburn, N.D., Hjelmstad graduated from Glenburn High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1967, a master's degree in education administration in 1982 and a doctorate in education administration in 1985, all from the University of North Dakota.

Appointed to the board in 2011, Hjelmstad's term on the board expires June 30, 2015.

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Duaine Espegard

Duaine C. Espegard, Grand Forks, N.D., is a retired bank administrator and former state senator. He worked for Bremer Financial as a bank director, chief executive officer and regional president from 1969 to 2003 and served in the North Dakota Senate from 2000 to 2006.

Espegard serves on the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation and a number of corporate boards. He also has served on the Commerce Department's Development Fund Board and numerous other boards and commissions.

Espegard earned an associate degree in business administration in 1963 from Aaker's Business College, now Rasmussen College. He also attended the University of North Dakota and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Appointed to the board in 2007, Espegard's first, full term expires June 30, 2014.

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Devin Hoffarth

Devin Hoffarth
Devin Hoffarth was appointed the 2013-14 student member of the State Board of Higher Education by Gov. Jack Dalrymple and will serve a one-year term ending June 30, 2014.

Hoffarth is a graduate of Langdon Area High School, Langdon, N.D., and Lake Region State College, Devils Lake, N.D., where he was Student Senate President and received the Richard D. Knoke Leadership Award. He is currently attending Mayville State University, majoring in Business Administration and History Education. He worked in the LRSC Registrar's office and was a Royal Ambassador. He has often volunteered at his elementary school, Langdon Saint Alphonsus School. His future plans are to attend graduate school and work in higher education.

Hoffarth is the son of Don and Ronda Hoffarth, Langdon. He has two sisters.

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Don Morton

Don Morton
Don Morton was named to the State Board of Higher Education for a four-year term starting July 1, 2012.

Don Morton is a senior director within Microsoft and a part of Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS), a group that develops the Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software solutions.

Don has three major areas of responsibility: (1) Leading the global Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance team. (2) Leading a team responsible for the Executive Briefing Center (EBC) on the Microsoft campus in Fargo, ND, and working closely with the Microsoft sales teams with a focus on the Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM. (3)Site leader for the Microsoft campus in Fargo which has more than 1,700 employees.Prior to joining Microsoft, Don was the assistant to the president and director of university relations at North Dakota State University. He has a coaching background, serving as the head football coach at the University of Wisconsin, at the University of Tulsa and at North Dakota State University where he won four conference championships and one national championship. He also was named national coach of the year in 1983.

Don is a native of Flint, Michigan. He earned a B.A. in Psychology at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. and a master's in education from Western Illinois University.

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Kathleen Neset

Kathleen Neset
Kathleen Neset is President of Neset Consulting Service, Inc., which provides well site geologic/geosteering services to the oil industry since 1980. She received a B.A. in Geology from Brown University and then went to work as a seismologist in Michigan. Neset worked for Core Laboratories in Texas and Wyoming. In 1979 she moved to North Dakota pursuing work as an independent petroleum geologist. She is owner of Neset Farms and formerly worked as a Tioga High School science teacher, a Tioga school board member and a substitute business manager at Tioga High School. Currently she manages wellsite geology and mudlogging crews throughout the Bakken and Northern Rockies Region.

Kathleen is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist, Williston API, Dickinson API, North Dakota Petroleum Council Board of Directors, Bush Foundation, BSC Petroleum Technology Advisory Committee, UND Petroleum Engineering Advisory Committee, Tioga Golf & Country Club board, and St. Thomas Parish Council Secretary.

Appointed to the board June 20, 2012 filling a vacancy and confirmed by the State Senate, Neset's term will expire June 30, 2017.

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Kari Reichert

Kari Reichert
Kari Reichert, Bismarck, N.D., is Vice President of People Services at Mandan-based National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), an information technology cooperative that develops and supports software and hardware solutions for rural utility and telephone cooperatives in 47 states and Canada. In that capacity, Kari is responsible for employee relations, including employee compensation and benefits, recruitment, retention, and employee engagement, talent management, human resources policies, and corporate wellness.

Kari is a native of Dickinson, N.D. She received a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School. Prior to joining NISC, Kari was in private practice with the Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D. , where her practice included commercial litigation, health care law, employment law, natural resources law, and contract disputes. Kari is licensed to practice in North Dakota and Missouri, and is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota and the Big Muddy Bar Association.

Appointed to the board August 3, 2012 filling a vacancy and confirmed by the State Senate, Reichert's term will expire June 30, 2017.

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Grant Shaft

Grant Shaft, Grand Forks, N.D., is an attorney in Grand Forks, N.D. He is an active member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar Associations of North Dakota and Minnesota. He served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1986 to 1990.

A native of Grand Forks, Shaft graduated from Red River High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in 1983 and a juris doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1986.

Shaft was appointed to the board in 2007, and reappointed in 2011. His term expires June 30, 2015.

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Janice Hoffarth
Staff Adviser

Janice Hoffarth
The North Dakota University System Staff Senate elected Janice Hoffarth, Grand Forks, N.D., to be the 2011-12 staff adviser to the State Board of Higher Education. She was reelected for the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 terms.

Hoffarth is an administrative assistant in the University of North Dakota Department of Music. She is the first University System employee to serve in this position, which was created with the passage of HB 1213 by the 2011 Legislative Assembly.

Hoffarth was one of six statewide winners of the 2010 Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service. She was the 2008-09 UND Staff Senate president. That same year, she was elected the first president of the North Dakota University System Staff Senate.

An Esmond, N.D., native, Hoffarth earned an associate degree in accounting from North Dakota State College of Science. Her term expires June 30, 2015.

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Doug Munski
Faculty Adviser

Doug Munski
The Council of College Faculties elected Douglas C. Munski, Ph.D., as the 2012-13 faculty adviser to the State Board of Higher Education. He was reelected for the 2013-14 term. He is a Professor and immediate past Graduate Director in the Geography Department at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Munski has a wealth of scholarly, student and professional service accomplishments, and has conducted an assortment of research resulting in numerous publications in the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has served as a guest editor for volumes of Prairie Perspectives, official journal of the Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers, and is the interim editor of NDCSS Newsletter, the official publication of the North Dakota Council for Social Studies.

He is a member at large of the executive boards of the North Dakota Geographic Alliance and Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers plus the higher education representative to the North Dakota Education Association and the research universities member of the North Dakota Public Employees Association's board of directors. He has also given several oral presentations and public lectures, or participated as a panelist, at professional/scholarly meetings and other institutions of higher learning. He has conducted workshops and served on prestigious university-wide and departmental committees. He was chairperson of the University of North Dakota Senate in 2006-07. He currently is a faculty representative on the Non-Traditional No More Task Force of the NDUS.

Munski completed his bachelors, master and doctorate degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He started his employment at the University of North Dakota in Spring Semester of 1978 and has been there continuously. During this more than three-decade period of teaching, service, research, and administrative duties, he has taught mostly face-to-face courses but also has provided courses statewide through IVN to students mainly at Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, and North Dakota State University but even one semester to undergraduates at United Tribes Technical College in a state-tribal cooperative arrangement. In addition to his current set of on-campus classes, he now provides online courses instead of IVN classes from the Grand Forks campus to collaborative students across the NDUS as well as elsewhere in the United States and beyond, including overseas-based members of the American armed forces. His term expires on June 30, 2014.

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