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UND Student Union rebuild going forward

Jul 11, 2019

The state Board of Higher Education has given UND permission to issue up to $80 million in bonds for a new Student Union.

But the actual cost may be less than that.

UND students voted to approve the project, with the bond payoff to come from increased student fees.

Interim UND President Josh Wynne had asked the staff to take another look at the proposal – because he was concerned about increased student debt load. But he told the Board he supports the project.

In the near future, the campus at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks will have a different look – and a different feel.

The University has been tearing down some buildings and repurposing others – and will build a new student union. UND vice president for finance and operations Jed Shivers said the University is really trying to consolidate its real estate.

"In my mind, the whole goal is to bring students -- and really, our community -- back on to the campus," Shivers said.

Shivers said the plan is to create a densser, urban-style campus.

The interim President of the University of North Dakota says he understands the need to build a new student union on campus.

But Dr. Joshua Wynne said he has a few issues he wants to look at – and that’s why the project is on hold for a short time.

Wynne said the current student union is outmoded, and has a lot of maintenance needs.

"The case for a new building was advanced most impressively by the students," Wynne said.

UND presidential search begins

Jun 28, 2019

An 11-member committee has been named as the search committee for a new UND president.

Board of Higher Education member Casey Ryan will chair the committee. Ryan said a Request for Proposals will be drafted for a consultant to help in the process, and the committee will be working on a job description for the president.

"We will have a line that says, 'Preference will be given to UND-or-North Dakota relationships," Ryan told the Board. "We feel that's very important to what UND and the Grand Forks and overall UND community need."

A delay in the UND Memorial Union project?

Jun 19, 2019
University of North Dakota

The wrecking ball will have to wait.

The chancellor of the North Dakota University System has asked for a delay in the Student Union replacement project at UND. That’s because of President Mark Kennedy’s departure.

Doctor Webster Merrifield became UND’s third president on this date in 1891. Merrifield grew up in Vermont and graduated from Yale in 1877. For the next two years, he taught in a private school in New York, then spent the next four years as a Greek and Latin tutor at Yale. He moved to Dakota Territory in 1883 to fill the chair of Latin and Greek at the newly established University of North Dakota, where he also taught Literature and Political Science.

UND presidential search launches soon

May 31, 2019
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The search for a new University of North Dakota president will soon begin.

Current president Mark Kennedy will be leaving June 15th for his new position in Colorado.

Joshua Wynne named interim UND president

May 30, 2019

The Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been named the interim UND president.

The board voted 9-0 to appoint Joshua Wynne.

Wynne has been the med school's dean for 10 years. He will become interim president when current president Mark Kennedy leaves for his new position in Colorado June 15th.

University of North Dakota

Some faculty and staff at the University of North Dakota could be getting larger raises than the 2 percent increases authorized by the 2019 Legislature.

That 2 percent is for the first year of the biennium. It comes with a $120 per month minimum. The Legislature also allowed merit raises, if state agencies could find savings in their budgets.

UND administration directed department heads and deans to look at reallocation of spending.

Tuition at the UND Law School will be going up next semester.

But the University says the Law School is still at or near the bottom of law schools, when it comes to tuition rates.

UND associate vice president for finance Karla Stewart told a subcommittee of the Board of Higher Education the tuition rate at the law school will go up by about 13 percent.

"This brings the per-credit rate to $439, which is the base rate at UND for all graduate programs," Stewart said.

That’s $13,176 per student per year.