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Altru announces search for new president has begun

According to a release from the organization, the position is open to internal Altru physician applicants, and candidates will be vetted by a search committee consisting of members of the Altru Health System Board of Directors.

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GRAND FORKS — Altru announced Tuesday it began recruiting for the organization’s new president as of Monday, July 11, with the intent of filling the position by Sept. 1.

According to a release from the organization, the position is open to internal Altru physician applicants, and candidates will be vetted by a search committee consisting of members of the Altru Health System Board of Directors.

In February, Altru announced its then-President Dr. Steven Weiser was leaving the health system. The decision was “made in the best interest of the organization, according to an email signed by senior members of the Altru Board of Directors. It was the second time in two years a high-profile executive at Altru made a sudden exit after CEO Brad Wehe and CFO Sara Lusignan were fired by the board in February 2020.

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“The board of directors will be seeking a candidate who can inspire and engage clinicians and employees from across Altru to deliver world-class care,” Karen Thingelstad, board chair and search committee member, said. “We are looking for someone who is a visionary with strong physician leadership experience that aligns well with our community.”

Other committee members include Dr. Jody Treuer, Dr. William McKinnon and Eric Halverson. The full board will make the final decision on a candidate.

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