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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Mark Hagerott is very specific when he says he "categorically" denies a sexual discrimination charge recently made against him. "I strongly disagree with the characterization of events," the chancellor of the North Dakota University System said Friday, speaking to a 17-page narrative of labor accusations filed Nov. 17 by former NDUS vice chancellor Lisa Feldner, whom Hagerott fired "without cause" earlier this fall. "The characterization of events, there could be an element of truth to them, but how they're characterized—strongly disagree.
GRAND FORKS — Leaders of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education opened a Wednesday, Dec. 6, press release with quotes about truth to reinforce their stance on accusations made against the top executive of the state university system. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple," board Chair Don Morton and Vice Chair Greg Stemen wrote, drawing from playwright Oscar Wilde before introducing a joint statement of support for due process and system office staff.
Leaders of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education opened a Wednesday press release with quotes about truth to reinforce their stance on accusations made against the top executive of the state university system. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple," board Chair Don Morton and Vice Chair Greg Stemen wrote, drawing from playwright Oscar Wilde before introducing a joint statement of support for due process and system office staff.
As described in recent labor allegations, a top employee of the North Dakota University System complained last year to the system's governing board about Chancellor Mark Hagerott's public musings on his diagnosis of cancer.
A North Dakota university president named in labor allegations made against the head of the state's higher education system has confirmed an accusation that involves her—but said she wasn't offended by the event in question.
The State Board of Higher Education publicly covered a range of topics in its Thursday meeting but spoke only briefly on allegations recently leveled against Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System.
BISMARCK—After initially making no official plans to do so, the governing board of the North Dakota University System will be discussing in its Thursday meeting the allegations of discrimination made by a former system leader against NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott.
North Dakota legislators "scramble" to avoid university system Chancellor Mark Hagerott, said Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, Tuesday. Holmberg was speaking to allegations made more than a week earlier by Lisa Feldner, a former vice chancellor of the university system fired by Hagerott earlier this fall.
North Dakota's top leader in higher education has rejected accusations that he engaged in gender discrimination and fostered a hostile work environment in university system offices. "We strongly disagree with the former employee's characterization of events," stated Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, in a Monday press release. Though he didn't name her in his statement, Hagerott was referring to his former vice chancellor and chief of staff Lisa Feldner, whom he fired "without cause" earlier this fall.
Amid a year of jostling federal policy around refugees, those who work closely in bringing vetted people to North Dakota are expecting a continued decline in resettlements. The agency tasked with working with the federal government to resettle refugees in the state is Lutheran Social Services, a Fargo-based nonprofit. Shirley Dykshoorn manages that resettlement effort and, while she says the projected total of 352 people bound for resettlement in fiscal year 2018 is approximately in line with the LSS yearly average, the number represents a drop from the past few years.