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NDUS Chancellor Search

Bismarck, North Dakota

The State Board of Higher Education invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor of the North Dakota University System. The NDUS community seeks a trusted leader who will bring knowledge of national higher education and sound management to the position as the university system's chief executive officer. This individual will succeed Dr. Larry C. Skogen, who has served as Interim Chancellor since 2013 and will return to the presidency of a member institution of the NDUS.

The Board is the governing body for North Dakota's unified system of higher education. Eleven institutions comprise the system: five community colleges, two regional state universities, two master's degree-granting universities, and two research universities - all with distinct, educational missions. The Chancellor is selected by and is responsible to the Board. The governing board comprises seven citizen voting members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate; one student voting member appointed by the Governor; and one faculty and one staff adviser who are elected by their peers.

The next Chancellor must be an articulate, inspiring, resilient leader for the system and state. This individual should be a bold, forward-thinking, imaginative strategic planner who has extensive administrative skills. In addition, it is important for this person to possess a high level of integrity and demonstrate an ability to manage conflict in a constructive manner. Listening skills and an ability to incorporate individual campus input into system agendas is critical, combined with the ability to articulate strategy and the NDUS mission to a diverse set of stakeholders. This must be an individual who will listen, learn, and appreciate the unique characteristics of each NDUS institution.

The Chancellor will be committed fully to what North Dakota public higher education offers to individuals of all ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. As an advocate for the entire public higher education community, the Chancellor will embrace the Board's determination to advance a bold, "daring to be great" five-year plan, which is a blueprint to direct state policies and resources to the higher education and career needs of North Dakota's residents. Finely tuned communication and collaborative skills will assist in bringing systemwide constituencies together for the purpose of advancing the NDUS and creating a shared culture of excellence.

  • Commitment to the Board's vision, mission, goals, and policies;
  • Record of success in promoting academic research, finances, resource generation, planning, and technology;
  • Experience in leading public policy development in a complex political environment;
  • Passion for learning, academic research, career and technical education, and workforce training;
  • Ability to collaborate, communicate openly, and embrace the culture of the state;
  • Demonstrated appreciation for and support of diversity;
  • Appreciation for intricacies, characteristics, and distinctive qualities of a highly diverse system of higher education;
  • Desire to support and facilitate seamless transfer with private and tribal colleges in the state;
  • Proven, trusted leader who operates with integrity;
  • Significant senior level administrative/academic experience in a higher education setting (preferred); and
  • Earned doctorate/terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education (preferred).

  • Implement policies and delegated directives of the Board;
  • Guide and implement the Board's agenda for governance and policy;
  • Bring recommendations for initiatives to the Board;
  • Act as the Board's chief executive for development of budgets, strategic planning, and employee relations;
  • Supervise, support, evaluate, and advocate for system office staff and university/college presidents;
  • Balance central authority with institutional differentiation and autonomy;
  • Support a collaborative, efficient environment among the system university/college presidents; and
  • Develop trusted, respectful, on-going collaboration with public policymakers.


Nominations are invited. To assure fullest consideration, applications should be received by March 17, 2015. The application must include a letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant's background in relationship to qualifications described (not more than 3 pages); a current résumé; and the names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. The new Chancellor will assume office on or about July 1, 2015. Veteran's preference is not applicable to this position.

The search is being assisted by James H. McCormick, senior consultant, AGB Search,, 651-238-5188. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to Dr. McCormick at

Names of all candidates or nominees for the position are a matter of public record as the search process complies with the open meetings-open records statutes and policies of the State of North Dakota.

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