Jacobs’ characterizations of me as an “empire builder” and the “ultimate insider” are baseless. His statements that I “could have been fired,” that my “relationship with legislators was never good,” and that I didn’t “discipline” my “subordinates” leave me wondering where Jacobs gets his information.
Gov. John Hoeven has advised the chancellor of the North Dakota University System to “give due consideration to any vote by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe” regarding the UND Fighting Sioux nickname if it occurs before Nov. 30.
The North Dakota University System chancellor spoke with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Friday, but what they discussed or what that conversation could mean for UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname will be unclear until a meeting Thursday.
Standing Rock Chairman Charlie Murphy and North Dakota University System Chancellor Bill Goetz spoke Friday, and though the content of the conversation is not known, it comes as the deadline on UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname rapidly approaches.
Richard Hanson said Wednesday that he plans to rent an apartment in Fargo but will use the new president’s house for social functions. “I’ve been a president for five years, and I know what it means to set up house,” said Hanson, who is now president of Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. “And I’m not going to do that as an interim.”
The interim president of North Dakota State University will be Dick Hanson, an alumnus and the president of Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, the State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Friday.
With university presidents now among the best-paid state employees in North Dakota, the State Board of Higher Education is trying to figure out a way to offer additional incentives for superior performance in a way the public and lawmakers can accept.
A three-member committee of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education is recommending a full audit of the North Dakota State University President's House. Outgoing NDSU President Joseph Chapman and the director of the NDSU Development Foundation appeared before the committee to address budget overruns on the campus.
Tensions between the North Dakota Legislature and the state’s higher education system bubbled up again last week with the confirmation of the board’s president. Though Richie Smith’s reappointment to the board was confirmed 38-6, several legislators used the floor debate as an opportunity to criticize the North Dakota University System and make a call for change.
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