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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

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.

Preliminary numbers show enrollment growing at BSC

Aug 19, 2013

Bismarck State College president Larry Skogen says preliminary fall enrollment figures for BSC show a six percent increase in students.

Skogen says that’s a turn-around from the last few years.

"We've had a couple of off-years here," said Skogen. "Part of it is the booming economy. And we've been dealing with the housing issue here in Bismarck-Mandan. But right now, I think we've probably turned that corner."

Skogen says the booming economy seems to now be working in BSC’s favor.

BSC Offers Smart Grid Courses

Aug 14, 2012

A grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy is allowing Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence to offer Smart Grid courses.

Training and program manager for the National Energy Center of Excellence Alicia Uhe said the center is partnered with companies across the country to develop Smart Grid curriculums.