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Committee narrows list of presidential candidates to interview on UND campus

Posted on 2/2/2016

The University of North Dakota presidential search committee interviewed presidential candidates Feb. 1 and 2 in-person in Minneapolis to narrow the list of 16 candidates to seven.

"I was highly impressed with the level of experience that these individuals brought to our search and the specific qualifications each one has to meet the needs of our students and build our campus legacy into the future," UND Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Hesham El-Rewini said. "We look forward to each candidate visiting our university to meet our faculty, staff, students and community members. These visits will be essential in showcasing our beautiful campus and engaging our various constituents in the process."

"We are pleased with the wealth of experience embodied by the candidates of this presidential search," UND Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Grant Shaft said. "As we progress through the next phase of this search we are confident that we will discover who will be the best fit to serve the campus and community."

The semi-finalists will be invited to campus between the dates of Feb. 11 through March 3 to meet with the search committee as well as meet with a broad base of internal and external constituency groups. The search committee will solicit feedback from faculty, staff, students and all other constituencies before the final meeting of the search committee scheduled for March 7.

The finalists who will proceed to the next interview stage include:
Dr. Mark Rudin, vice president for research and economic development at Boise State University, Idaho
Dr. Jay Noren, associate dean, College of Medicine at University of Illinois in Chicago and former president at Wayne State University
Hon. Mark R. Kennedy, director of Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and former congressman (2001-07)
Dr. Nagi G. Naganathan, dean, College of Engineering and Interim President (2014-15) at University of Toledo, Ohio
Dr. Daniel L. Clay, Dean, College of Education at University of Missouri, Missouri
Dr. Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer at Arizona State University, Arizona
Dr. Steven Shirley, president of Minot State University, Minot, N.D.

The search committee will recommend a slate of finalists to the State Board of Higher Education, which will conduct final interviews on the UND campus March 15, with the selection of the next UND president announced thereafter.

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