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UND President gets two year contract renewal; decision delayed on NDSCS president

Dave Thompson
Prairie Public

The state Board of Higher Education has decided to extend UND President Mark Kennedy’s contract through June 30th of 2020.

However, Kennedy will have to undergo another review next year.

State Board of Higher Education president Don Morton said Kennedy will be working with Chancellor Mark Hagerott to address some things.

"We're very pleased with so much of what has gone on at UND," Morton said. "We're pleased with the tough decisions Mark has made. But we're also conscious of our external audience."

Meawnhile, the Board delayed a decision on whether to extend North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman’s contract. Morton said it’s because there are pending complaints against Richman concerning some financial situations of the college’s “Train ND” program, as well as the reporting of enrollment numbers, and space utilization on campus.

An external firm was hired by the Board to look into the allegations.

"We do have a responsibility to the taxpayers," Morton said. " And if there is a problem, we have to address it. If there isn't, then we move forward with the extension."

A report from that firm is due by July 20th.

The board will take up Richman’s contract in September.

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