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Three New Members Join the State Board of Higher Education

Posted on 7/3/2014







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Three New Members Join the State Board of Higher Education

BISMARCK, N.D. - The State Board of Higher Education added three new members this week. Governor Jack Dalrymple appointed Kevin Melicher and Christopher McEwen to fill the two vacant voting positions on the board. They join Eric Murphy who was elected by the Council of College Faculties to serve as the non-voting faculty adviser.

Kevin Melicher, OD, will fill the vacant position left by outgoing board member, Duaine Espegard. His four-year term will run through June 30, 2018. Melicher is an optometrist at Eyecare Associates, P.C. in Fargo who specializes in contact lenses, sports vision and refractive surgery. Melicher attended North Dakota State University while working toward an undergraduate degree and holds a doctor of optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. Melicher is no stranger to higher education. He's been the Team Optometrist for NDSU Athletics since 1982, and has served as an adjunct assistant professor of optometry at both Illinois College of Optometry and Pacific University College of Optometry.

Eric Murphy, Ph.D., was elected by the Council of College Faculties to serve as the faculty adviser on the board. His one-year term will run through June 30, 2015. Murphy is an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Basic Sciences at the University of North Dakota. In addition to his work at UND, he is also the editor-in-chief of Lipids, a journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, as well as the chief scientific officer and executive vice president for research and development for biotechnology company Agragen, LLC and its subsidiary, Unicrop, OY, located in Finland. Murphy holds a bachelor's degree from Hastings College and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Christopher McEwen was nominated by the North Dakota Student Association and appointed by the governor to serve as the student representative on the board. His one-year term will run through June 30, 2015. McEwen is a current graduate student at North Dakota State University pursuing a master's degree in applied statistics. After graduating from Minot High School, McEwen received a bachelor of science degree in statistics and psychology from NDSU, as well. McEwen served as president of the Graduate Student Association for the last year, and is an active member of the North Dakota Student Association.

"These new members will be an asset to the State Board of Higher Education as they work together to set the course for the future of the university system through the strategic planning process and beyond," said Larry C. Skogen, interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System.

The new members will begin their official duties at the board retreat scheduled for July 30-31. Board member biographies and photos can be found here: http://www.ndus.edu/board/sbhe-members/.



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