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Chancellor Search Committee Narrows Applicant Field

Posted on 1/18/2012

For More Information Contact:
John R. Irby, Public Affairs Consultant
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2962

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Chancellor Search Committee has narrowed the applicant field from 21 to six. The short-list action took place Wednesday at a meeting at the Bismarck State College Horizon Building.

Applicants remaining under consideration are:
  • Loren Anderson, President, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma. Wash.
  • Tim Flakoll, Provost, Tri-College University, Fargo-Moorhead
  • Marshall Hill, Executive Director, Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Hamid Augustine Shirvani, President, California State University-Stanislaus, Turlock, Calif.
  • George Weathersby, Chairman and CEO, Genesys Solutions, Wayne, Penn.
  • Warren Kent Wray, Interim Chancellor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo.
The large pool of candidates came through national advertising, a call for nominations and requests for specific individuals to enter the search. Candidates submitted a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and five references.

A list of finalists will be selected from those still under consideration and will visit campuses in each quadrant of the state. The search process should be concluded early in the spring of 2012 and a chancellor will hopefully be named by July 1, 2012.

The Search Committee will draft questions for a Feb. 9 meeting to interview semi-finalists, and then narrow the list of names to finalists. A search consultant will also conduct due diligence and in-depth reference checks to be provided to the search committee for a Feb. 29 meeting when the committee will identify a list of candidates (minimum of three names) to forward to the SBHE for consideration.

A search consultant will draft finalist interview questions for the SBHE for a targeted meeting the week of March 12. Thereafter, the SBHE Chair will extend an offer to a successful candidate; the SBHE chair and search consultant will negotiate contract terms.

The chancellor serves as the chief executive officer of the State Board of Higher Education and is the chief executive officer of the NDUS and carries out the policies and directives of the SBHE. The NDUS office is located at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

The University System includes 11 institutions of higher education and has an operating budget of nearly $1.2 billion. Direct reports to the chancellor include the campus presidents, the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, the vice chancellor for administrative affairs, the vice chancellor for strategic planning and executive director of CTEC, the general counsel/SBHE executive secretary, chief information officer, director of internal audit and risk assessment, the public affairs and marketing director and the executive assistant/office manager.

For more information about the search process, go to: or contact SBHE President Grant Shaft at

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