A search committee has been named to find the next dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Paul Lindseth, who has served as UND Aerospace dean since 2016, announced this spring that he will step down from the deanship on Dec. 31 to return to his former position as professor of aviation. He has been with UND for 32 years.

Interim Provost Debbie Storrs has appointed Amy Henley, dean of the Nistler College of Business and Public Administration, and Cindy Juntunen, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, as search committee co-chairs.

Members of the search committee include:

  • Col. Tim Curry, Grand Forks Air Force Base.

  • Sherry Fieber-Beyer, research assistant professor of Space Studies.

  • Jonathan Gerkhe, senior director of development, UND Alumni Association and Foundation.

  • Maxwell Jenks, undergraduate student, Commercial Aviation.

  • Kim Kenville, professor of Aviation.

  • Aaron Kennedy, associate professor of Atmospheric Sciences.

  • Angie Panzer, assistant to the dean.

  • Chuck Pineo, Aerospace Foundation.

  • Jeremy Roesler, chief flight instructor, flight operations.

  • Rebecca Romsdahl, associate professor of Earth System Science & Policy.

  • Dick Schultz, director, flight operations.

  • Aaron Scott, graduate student, Atmospheric Sciences.

  • Jim Sweeney, president, Fargo Jet Center.

  • Brett Venhuizen, chair and professor of Aviation.

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Lindseth has been a faculty member since 1985 and has held various positions throughout his 32-year career at the university. He’s the third person to hold the position in the school’s 52-year history.

Lindseth told the Herald in May that it was a "very difficult" decision to step down from his dean's position.

"When I looked at my career, I looked to see when would be a good time to step away from the dean's position and do a few things that I still want to do in my career as far as research and working a little bit more closely with students," he said. "It was difficult, but I felt this would be the best time for myself and for the college."