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NDUS Office Senior Staff


NDUS Senior Staff
  Larry C. Skogen Interim Chancellor
  Timothy P. Carlson Chief Auditor
  Sonia Cowen Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
  Linda Donlin Director of Communications and Media Relations
  Rebecca Duben Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
  Lisa Feldner Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research
  Laura Glatt Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs
  Murray Sagsveen Chief of Staff/NDUS Ethics Officer
  Connie Sprynczynatyk Director of Strategic Planning

Larry C. Skogen, Ph.D.
Chancellor


Larry C. Skogen
Dr. Larry C. Skogen is Interim Chancellor for the North Dakota University System. A native of Hettinger, N. Dak., Skogen has been president of Bismarck State College since 2006. Previously he was academic dean and deputy superintendent for academic affairs at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M. Dr. Skogen has taught history in collegiate and military settings and served in other capacities in the U.S. Air Force, as director of operations and inspector general of the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming from 1998 to 2001. In 2004, he was an educational consultant to the United Arab Emirates. He holds a B.S. in secondary education from Dickinson (N.D.) State University, an M.A. in history from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo., and a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.


Phone: 701-328-2974
E-mail: larry.skogen@ndus.edu

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Timothy P. Carlson, B. A.
Chief Auditor


Timothy P. Carlson
Timothy Carlson is the University System's chief auditor. He is responsible for leading the university system's internal audit function and conducting audits to mitigate risk. Carlson has over 20 years' experience in internal auditing, risk assessment, finance and operations. His expertise includes implementing complex information systems, designing internal controls, and staff leadership and development. Carlson also brings over seven years of executive level experience at a regional medical center subject to multiple Federal and state regulations.

Born and raised just north of the Twin Cities in Forest Lake, Minn., Carlson received bachelor's degrees in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and English with an emphasis in Written Communication from Concordia College. Since that time, he has lived in five states including North Dakota and, most recently, St. Louis, Mo.

Phone: 701-224-2583
E-mail: timothy.p.carlson@ndus.edu

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Sonia S. Cowen, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


Sonia Cowen
As the chief academic officer of NDUS, Dr. Cowen oversees all academic and student affairs functions within the system including policy development, implementation management, and multi-campus coordination. She has more than 30 years' experience in senior to executive academic posts, including responsibilities for academic and student affairs in three statewide university systems. Dr. Cowen was contracted by the U. S. Army and Air Force to teach leadership to officers and recruits. She has served in various capacities as faculty and administrator in institutions that are similar in mission to NDUS - community colleges as well as regional and research universities. Her work has been published in numerous national refereed journals on topics specific to higher education, including leadership, accreditation, critical thinking and use of simulation-modeling-visualization technologies. She has been appointed to various national and state advisory boards and task forces, including rural revitalization, P-16 advisory, workforce investment, accreditation and reciprocity.

Dr. Cowen earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Administration from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash.; her Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.; and her bachelor's degree in English from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.

Phone: 701-328-2965
E-mail: sonia.cowen@ndus.edu

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Linda Donlin, M.S., B.S.
Director of Communications and Media Relations


Linda Donlin
Linda Donlin is the University System's director of communication and media relations. She oversees communications with diverse NDUS audiences across the system and with the public. She previously worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. as public affairs manager, where she was responsible for strategic communication with various audiences including the Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, 58,000 employees across Mayo's campuses and the public. Donlin is a native North Dakotan and also worked as director of communications and public relations at MDU Resources Group, Inc., and as senior editor at Basin Electric Power Cooperative, both in Bismarck. She has a master's degree in management with a human resources emphasis and a bachelor's degree in business management with a minor in public relations, both from the University of Mary in Bismarck.

Phone: 701-328-2962
E-mail: linda.donlin@ndus.edu

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Lisa Feldner, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research


Lisa Feldner
Lisa Felder, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research, oversees the NDUS Core Technology Services (CTS) and institutional research, one of the most critical components of university system operations.

Dr. Feldner previously was CIO for the Information Technology Department for the State of North Dakota, where she oversaw technology activities in state and local government, managed a staff of 300 employees and a budget of $82 million. Feldner also held leadership roles in coordinating major IT initiatives, including the Statewide Technology Access for Government and Education Network (STAGEnet), the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS), ConnectND, and the Geographical Information (GIS) Hub.

Prior to Dr. Feldner's appointment as ITD's CIO, she served as the Technology Director for Bismarck Public Schools, where she managed the budget and staff, including the development, design, and integration of software and hardware systems for more than 13,000 users at 26 campuses.

Feldner has a Ph. D. in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota, a master of science in mathematics education from Minot State University, and bachelor's of science degrees in computer science and business education, also from MiSU.

Phone: 701-328-1510
E-mail: lisa.feldner@ndus.edu

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Laura Glatt, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs


Laura Glatt
Laura Glatt is the University System's chief financial and administrative officer. She is responsible for developing policy and coordinating services for financial and capital planning and budgeting, accounting, system human resource services, state financial aid programs and information technology.

Glatt is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in management from the University of Mary, Bismarck. Prior to assuming this position in 1994, Glatt served as NDUS director of finance. She also worked as a management and fiscal analyst for the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget and as a controller for the State Treasurer's Office.

Phone: 701-328-4116
E-mail: laura.glatt@ndus.edu

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Murray G. Sagsveen, J.D.
Chief of Staff and Ethics Officer


Murray Sagsveen
Murray Sagsveen is an attorney with a wealth of experience in developing policies and working with government agencies, boards and associations, Sagsveen is assisting the Chancellor in shaping and implementing a solid organizational plan and structure. He will serve in this position during the leadership term of Interim Chancellor Skogen. Sagsveen's legal career includes state government, private practice, and the military. Governor Ed Schafer recalled him to active duty to coordinate law enforcement and flood recovery efforts during the 1997 flood in Grand Forks and surrounding areas. He also served as the State Health Officer, when he represented a multi-state region on the executive committee of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Sagsveen was employed as the associate executive director and general counsel of the American Academy of Neurology and related organizations in St. Paul, Minn., for 10 years before retiring to relocate to North Dakota in 2011. Gov. Jack Dalrymple recalled him to state active duty as the State Flood Recovery Coordinator, focusing on the 2011 Souris River flood in Minot. In February 2013, the Leadership North Dakota board of directors asked him to be that organization's first chief operating officer and to establish a senior executive leadership program for the state.

Sagsveen is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks. He has studied ethics and theology and is a Certified Association Executive as well as a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is active in human rights efforts.

Phone: 701-328-1499
E-mail: murray.sagsveen@ndus.edu

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Connie Sprynczynatyk
Director of Strategic Planning


Connie Sprynczynatyk
As the University System's Director of Strategic Planning, Connie Sprynczynatyk is coordinating the effort by the State Board of Higher Education and University System to create a new, meaningful strategic plan. She is a graduate of North Dakota State University who spent 32 years in elected office, including 20 years on the Bismarck Board of City Commissioners. She served as executive director for the North Dakota League of Cities for 17 years, and is appointed by Secretary John McHugh as North Dakota's Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. Sprynczynatyk served on the North Dakota Supreme Court's Judicial Nominating Committee, the board of directors for the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund, the National League of Cities board of directors, and the board of directors of Starion Financial. Sprynczynatyk has decades of experience with strategic planning and board development, has been a member of the North Dakota National Guard family for more than 40 years. She and her husband David live in Bismarck.

Phone: 701-328-4159
E-mail: connie.sprynczynatyk@ndus.edu

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Rebecca Wimer, B.A.S.
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor


Rebecca Wimer
Rebecca Wimer is the University System's executive assistant to Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen. Wimer helps to conserve the chancellor's time by maintaining his calendar, managing communication and visitors and arranging his activities and services.

Wimer has been with the NDUS since 2002. Along with being administrative support staff for the NDUS office during this time, she has also worked specifically as the State Board of Higher Education secretary, academic and articulation and transfer assistant and most recently the assistant to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Prior to joining the NDUS, Wimer worked as an administrative assistant for the Department of Public Instruction.

Wimer earned an associate's degree in administration from Bismarck State College and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Dickinson State University.

Phone: 701-328-2974
E-mail: rebecca.wimer@ndus.edu

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