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A nomination committee has chosen four finalists for two positions on the State Board of Higher Education.

Two incumbents’ terms are up: Dr. Casey Ryan and Kathleen Neset. Neset has served two terms, and is ineligible. Ryan is in his first term.

For Ryan’s seat, the finalists are Ryan, Kevin Black of Minot and Jeffry Volk of Fargo. Black is president of Creedence Energy Services, an oil and gas service company. Volk is president and CEO of Moore Holding Company, which is an engineering consultancy.

The state Board of Higher Education is again discussing offering tenure for new college presidents.

Board member Don Morton said the matter was discussed at the Board’s Governance Committee. He said tenure could be used as a recruiting tool.

"In this day and age of tight budgets, intense competition for talented leaders, I just think that tenure is something -- there isn't much of a cost, and it can show appreciation for our campus leaders," Morton said.

The Board of Higher Education has approved what will be the initial contract for new Presidents in the University System.

But the Board removed a provision that new Presidents would be eligible to receive up to a 25 percent bonus for meeting certain goals. That provision caused a lot of discussion at the Thursday special board meeting.

University System

In the wake of former UND president Mark Kennedy leaving to become president at the University of Colorado, the state Board of Higher Education is looking at making changes in the presidents’ contracts.

The presidents currently sign a one-page contract. University system staff presented a draft contract, that would be longer, and would have some new language about leaving to take another job.

Board attorney Eric Olson told the Board's Governance Committee the new language requires the president to give the Board at least 60 days' notice prior to resignation.

North Dakota University System

The state Board of Higher Education will decide whether the North Dakota State College of Science needs “temporary system oversight” of some of the campus management functions.

One of the Legislators who served on the Higher Education Governance task force said he’s been hearing discussions about changing the proposal from the recommended three boards – to two boards.

The task force proposal is to replace the current Board of Higher Education with three separate boards – one for NDSU, one for UND and one for the other 9 public colleges and universities.

Stemen resigns from the Board of Higher Education

Sep 28, 2018
ND University System

A member of the state Board of Higher Education has resigned.

Greg Stemen says he turned in his resignation after Thursday’s board meeting at Valley City State University.

"Increasing personal and professional obligations caused me to resign," Stemen said. "I believe it's important for the members of the Board, which is a volunteer position, to have the time to do the work. And if you don't have the time, I guess I would be doing a disservice to the citizens of our state by continuing to serve."

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A proposal to have three subcommittees of the Board of Higher Education, to deal with issues for the three types of colleges in the University System, is not popular with some of the Board members.

One subcommittee would handle issues at the two research universities; one would deal with four year schools; and the third would work on the two year schools. The proposal came from discussion at the Governor’s Higher Education governance task force – where one proposal would create separate boards to oversee the different tiers of campuses.

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Tension between the Board of Higher Education and the faculty and staff at the state’s colleges and universities surfaced at the Board's May meeting in Bismarck.

The reason: The significant budget cuts higher-ed took in the 2017 Legislative session, and the additional 10 percent cuts proposed by Gov. Doug Burgum for the 2019-2021 biennium. Some in the faculty and staff at the state's 11 public colleges and universities believe the Board didn't do enough to make a case for better funding during the 2019 Legislative session.

Board of Higher Education to consider allowing raises

Jan 17, 2018

The 2017 Legislature did not appropriate money for state employee raises.

The Legislature didn’t prohibit that – if the agencies could find money within their appropriations to grant the raises.

The state Board of Higher Education prohibited pay increases in fiscal year 2018. But in fiscal 2019, the University System office wants to make a change.

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