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UND research VP Grant McGimpsey to leave UND at year's end

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UND research chief Grant McGimpsey will be leaving the university at the end of this year.

According to a UND news release, McGimpsey announced his retirement to staff this week at the campus Division of Research and Economic Development, where he has served as vice president since September 2015.

Since 2016, he has also served as dean of the UND School of Graduate Studies.

"Having the opportunity to lead the research division and the Graduate School at UND has been an incredibly rewarding one," McGimpsey stated in the release, "and working with my phenomenal staff, I think we've accomplished a lot together."

The release said UND Provost Tom DiLorenzo will announce in the next few weeks his transition plans for McGimpsey's departure, offering few details in the meantime.

The university has recently worked to fill a number of high-level administrative positions opened in the past few years by employee turnover. Last week, DiLorenzo appointed an interim dean for the UND School of Law and could open a search this fall for a permanent dean. Not long before that, the university announced two new hires to lead its entrepreneurial Center for Innovation and its College of Business and Public Administration.

McGimpsey now plans to eventually move back to his home country of Canada with his wife, Margot McGimpsey, who is project manager in the provost's office. The couple would relocate to their native Ontario, where their grown sons are recent college graduates.

Though Grant said he intends to retire from full-time work, the release stated he might continue to work with UND in some capacity on a remote basis even after he leaves his office.

"I have some great colleagues here, both at the university and in the community, and it's been great working with faculty as well as the business community," McGimpsey stated. "I would very much like to continue to be part of the university community in the future."

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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