Dunn and Vickers Named Finalists for NDUS Interim Chancellor
BISMARCK, N.D. - Eddie Dunn and Dr. Lee Vickers have been named finalists for the position of interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System.
The State Board of Higher Education will discuss both finalists and consider appointment of an interim during a 2:30 p.m. board conference call on Thursday, July 27, 2006.
"We were fortunate to have such an excellent field of candidates," said John Q. Paulsen, SBHE president and search committee chair. "Each of the candidates has touched the lives of North Dakotans in many positive ways, and all were viable candidates for this position. But, because of their extensive professional knowledge of the complex functions and needs of the University System, Eddie Dunn and Lee Vickers are uniquely positioned to serve as interim chancellor."
Dunn has served as the North Dakota University System's executive director for the College Technical Education Council since 1993 and as vice chancellor for strategic planning since 1999. He has been highly involved in development of the Roundtable on Higher Education and the University System's response to the Economic Development Centers of Excellence initiative. He has held teaching, research, extension and administrative positions at the university level. Dunn served for nine years as vice president of the Greater North Dakota Association and is a former international president of Toastmasters International.
Dr. Lee Vickers has served as president of Dickinson State University since 1999. He currently is a member of the North Dakota P - 16 Education Task Force and has served as SBHE liaison to the NDUS Diversity Council, as chair of the ConnectND Steering Committee and the North Dakota Higher Education Committee on Centers of Excellence. Vickers served as president of Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., from 1994 to 1999 and as president of Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, from 1978 to 1994. Appointed by two Idaho governors, he served for eight years on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). Vickers is active in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
The term of Robert Potts, current NDUS chancellor, will end July 31, 2006. The SBHE also will vote on a recommendation of the search committee to extend the term of the interim chancellor to a period of 17 to 24 months.