Grand Forks’ Bruce Gjovig elected to national board

It is a five-year term on the board.

Bruce Gjovig
UND Center for Innovation CEO Bruce Gjovig speaks to a packed room at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center during a retirement celebration for Gjovig. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks’ Bruce Gjovig has been elected to the board of directors of the National Defense Industrial Association, according to an announcement from the board’s president Arnold Punaro. Gjovig is the only North Dakotan on the board.

It is a five-year term on the board. Punaro said the new electees “were based on nomination committee recommendation, then approved and submitted by the executive committee to the electors, including the full board and chapter presidents.”

In a statement, Gjovig said it’s “an honor to be part of the NDIA board and to continue to play a role in ensuring that our nation’s warfighters have the best innovation, technology and industrial support to do their jobs and protect the interests of the United States.”

“Our defense establishment is changing faster than ever to keep up with peer and near peer adversaries,” he said. “Innovation and new technology development largely reside with our industrial defense companies. I want to continue enhancing the industry-government relationship that is essential to supporting the warfighter and the taxpayer.”

Gjovig is the founder of UND’s Center for Innovation, an entrepreneur center focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, private investment and entrepreneur ecosystem. The Center has received 18 national and international awards for excellence.


Gjovig has served as a civic leader with the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, being an advisor and advocate for the USAF and Space Force chiefs of staff, and the secretary of the USAF. Among other work with Northrop Grumman and General Atomics, he has also done work with the North Dakota Legislature to secure funds for a FAA UAS Test Site and the nation’s first UAS Tech Park and airport – Grand Sky. Gjovig previously worked closely with the US Air Force Academy on cybersecurity initiatives utilizing emerging Intel technologies.

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