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Finalists Named In Chancellor Search

Posted on 2/10/2012

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 to four candidates. They are:
  • 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.
  • Warren Kent Wray, interim chancellor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo.
The four candidates will be in Bismarck Feb. 28 and 29 to meet with various constituents and to have their final interview with the search committee on the 29th. The State Board of Higher Education meets March 13 to interview the finalists and to select the next chancellor of the University System. The SBHE chair and search consultant will negotiate contract terms. It is hoped a new chancellor will begin an appointment by July 1, 2012.

The chancellor serves as the chief executive officer of the State Board of Higher Education, 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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