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Three finalists named for BSC's President

Mar 6, 2020

Three finalists have been chosen for the president of Bismarck State College.

A search committee chose Dr. Clark Harris, special assistant to the President of Laramie County Community College in Wyoming; Dr. Douglas Jensen, President and CEO of Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois; and Dr. Philip Klein, Dean of Health and Public Safety at South Piedmont Community College in Polkton, North Carolina.

The three will interview with the full State Board of Higher Education March 26th. At that meeting, the new BSC President will be chosen.

The Board of Higher Education has approved naming the Bismarck State College Health Science Building after former BSC President Donna Thigpen.

But the vote wasn’t unanimous.

Thigpen served as BSC’s President from 1995 to 2006.

The Board’s Budget and Finance Committee approved the name, and forwarded the recommendation to the full Board. But since the Committee advanced that proposal, Board members said they had received some opposition to it. And Board member Kathleen Neset wanted to table the issue, pending further review.

Five candidates have agreed to come to Bismarck for face-to-face interviews and open forums, in the search for a new President at Bismarck State College.

Current President Dr. Larry Skogen is retiring June 30th.

When the search committee for the new President at Bismarck State College had its first meeting, the Chancellor of Higher Education asked the committee to be aware of – and open to – a diverse field of candidates.

Right now, no president at the 11 campuses is a woman. The last was Dr. Tisa Mason at Valley City State University.

"I think the challenge is there," said BSC Search Committee Co-Chair Dr. Dan Leingang. "We will embrace that."

Leingang said he would love to see a diverse candidate come in to make the finalist list.

A search committee has begun its work, as it looks for a new President for Bismarck State College.

Current President Dr. Larry Skogen will be retiring next June.

The committee has started work on a job description, based on comments received at a number of “listening sessions.”

The co-chairs of the search committee -- Board of Higher Education member Tim Mihalick and BSC Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Dan Leingang -- say they believe there will be a lot of interest in the position.

The search committee chosen to find a new Bismarck State College president has scheduled a number of “listening sessions” for faculty, staff, students and the public.

Current BSC President Dr. Larry Skogen will be leaving next June.

The first listening session is scheduled Wed., Oct. 16th, at the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence, for BSC faculty and staff.

'Virtual Hospital' for BSC Health Science students

Oct 10, 2019
Dave Thompson/Prairie Public

A "virtual hospital."

Bismarck State College’s Health Sciences program has moved from a downtown Bismarck location to the main campus.

The program is now housed in the former “Unisys” building.

Mary Volk chairs the Health Sciences Department. She said the Unisys building, which housed a call center, was purchased by the BSC Foundation in 2014, and was renovated to give it more of a hospital feel.

"This is, to me, a hospital," Volk said. "I came out of the hospital, where I worked for 15 years. This is a hospital, to me."

BSC President Larry Skogen to retire in summer 2020

Jul 9, 2019

The president of Bismarck State College will retire June 30th, 2020.

Larry Skogen has served as BSC’s leader for 12 years. Skogen said he’s leaving on a “high note” – after what he described as a “wonderful” Legislative session.

"The support we got for our health sciences program, the polytechnic initiative, pay raises for our employees -- all of this was just really, really wonderful," Skogen said in an interview with Prairie Public.

What also drove his decision -- the campus is beginning a strategic planning effort.

BSC continues work to be a 'polytechnic' institution

Mar 18, 2019
BSC

Bismarck State College is continuing its move toward becoming a “polytechnic” school.

BSC will be offering four-year bachelor degrees in certain technical fields. BSC president Larry Skogen said the college already offers two such degrees – in energy management and cyber security. Now he said the college is having discussions with representatives of those technical fields, to see where there are needs for people with those four year degrees.

BSC to add 'polytechnic' to its mission

Oct 1, 2018
Bismarck State College

A change in the mission for Bismarck State College.

"We're going to be a 'polytechnic' institution, with the spirit of a community college," BSC president Dr. Larry Skogen said in an interview. "We will have 'Bachelor of Applied Science' degrees, which are degrees in technical fields."

Skogen said over the last few years, BSC has been adding some “Bachelor of Applied Science” degrees. He said he approached Higher Education Chancellor Mark Hagerott about it.

"The BAS degree isn't an exception to the mission -- it's part of it," Skogen said.

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