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NDSU Presidential search update; SBHE to survey Presidents' salaries

NDSU - North Dakota State University

A search committee for a new NDSU President will be scheduling some off-site interviews for a number of candidates.

Under state law, names of the candidates at this stage are kept confidential. But the search committee chair—Board of Higher Education member Jill Louters—told the Board the Committee is happy with the quality of the applicants.

"The applicants include sitting presidents, past presidents, provosts, deans and vice presidents," Louters said. "We were, as a committee, very happy with a very highly qualified pool of candidates."

Louter said after that is completed, finalists will be chosen, their names will be made public, and they will come to the NDSU campus for open interviews.

The new President will replace Dean Bresciani, who has been NDSU’s president since 2010, and plans to resign in 2022. He will stay on campus as a tenured professor.

Salary study

The Board of Higher Education wants to know if the college and university presidents in the system are being paid enough.

The Board wants to hire a firm to do a salary survey of other, comparably sized institutions. But so far, no firm has applied, because of the time of the year and vendor availability.

Tim Mihalick chairs the Board’s budget and Finance Committee. He saids Board member Jeffry Volk will be working with system staff to gather salary data.

"This is in order to determine whether a potential interim salary adjustment for the new NDSU and State College of Science positions will be beneficial, in order to insure the salaries for those two positions are competitive."

Mihalick said the Board will re-issue its “Request for Quotation” after the first of the year, to see what firms might be available to do a more general salary survey, and what they would charge for it.

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