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MSU athletic director finalists on campus this week

Mayville State University Comets fans, now is your moment.

MSU is hosting four finalist candidates for athletic director on campus this week as it narrows down to a decision to replace former leader Mike Moore.

The candidates will each make an individual presentation on campus every day of the week except Wednesday from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9. In order of scheduled appearance, the finalists are Kurt Bienias, Anthony Stone, Dennis Ziegler and Scott Parker. All four men will speak on their day from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room.

Parker, an assistant professor at MSU, is currently serving as athletic director on an interim basis and has done so since Dec. 15. Mike Moore announced in November his intent to resign and left his position on Dec. 31.

Med school names dean

At UND, an alumni foundation executive is crossing campus for new offices, and a new post with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Laura J. Block has been named associate dean for administration and finance—as well as chief financial and operating officer—for North Dakota's lone medical school. A SMHS press release stated the associate dean's position oversees all non-academic operations at the school.

Block had previously served as the chief financial officer at the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, a position she had held since 2006. Off campus, she has served on the advisory boards of wider community organizations such as the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp., Empire Arts Center, Community Violence Intervention Center, and the Altru Health System Community Board.

The medical school will celebrate Block's hire with a Feb. 23 reception, scheduled for 2-4 p.m. in the West Atrium of the SMHS building.

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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