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Skogen wants to stay on as Chancellor -- for now

The current acting Chancellor of the North Dakota University System wants to stay on – for a while.

Dr. Larry Skogen – who is also the president of Bismarck State College – has applied to be the interim Chancellor.

"I felt a little bit like I got a field commission on June 20th, in the heat of battle," said Skogen. "And I do believe that battle is not over, that we still have some forward movement to do."

In June – Skogen was chosen to replace embattled Chancellor Ham Shirvani, who resigned. Board of Higher Education president Kirsten Diedrich says the Board is hoping to make a decision on an interim Chancellor by the end of September.

Meanwhile -- North Dakota’s public college presidents will have to wait to receive their yearly raises.

The state Board of Higher Education has told two of its board members to work with acting Chancellor  Skogen to come up with pay recommendations. Skogen says he also plans to propose a new way of evaluating the presidents.

"Higher Education is a billion-dollar business," said Skogen. "We have an evaluation process that's good for a mom-and-pop hardware store."

Skogen says higher ed needs a corporate style evaluation process. He says that would give the Board -- and the public -- confidence in the process.

Skogen says the recommendations will be presented to the Board in September.

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