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Burgum makes appointments to North Dakota's higher-ed board

Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Jeffry Volk, of West Fargo, to a four-year term on the State Board of Higher Education and reappointed Dr. Casey Ryan, of Grand Forks, to a second four-year term on the board.

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Casey Ryan, State Board of Higher Education member and co-chair of the UND presidential search committee, speaks during the community listening session held Thursday afternoon at the Center for Innovation. (Photo by Sydney Mook/Grand Forks Herald)

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed two members to North Dakota’s higher-ed governance board.

Burgum appointed Jeffry Volk, of West Fargo, to a four-year term on the State Board of Higher Education and reappointed Dr. Casey Ryan, of Grand Forks, to a second four-year term on the board.

Volk, CEO and president of Moore Holding Co., will succeed current board member Kathleen Neset, whose term expires June 30. Neset has served two terms and was not eligible for reappointment under the North Dakota Constitution.

Volk has worked for Moore Engineering for more than 40 years and led the employee-owned company through a period of expansion. He earned his civil engineering degree from North Dakota State University in 1977. In addition to serving on several regional boards, he also served on the Task Force for Higher Education Governance in 2018.

Ryan has served on the SBHE since July 1, 2017, after being appointed by Burgum in February 2017. Ryan practices endocrinology and internal medicine at Altru Health System in Grand Forks and previously served as president of Altru from 1997 to 2014.

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“Jeff is an accomplished engineer, a forward-looking business leader and a strong supporter of higher education whose keen awareness and deep understanding of the challenges facing college campuses will serve our students well during this time of rapid change,” Burgum said. “Dr. Ryan is a thoughtful board member and passionate advocate for the university system whose medical expertise has been valuable during the ongoing pandemic. We look forward to working with Jeff and Dr. Ryan and are grateful for all of the highly qualified candidates who applied for these positions.”

A Grand Forks native, Ryan graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1967 and from Colorado College in 1971.

The appointments of Volk and Ryan are subject to confirmation by the state Senate during the current 2021 legislative session. There were seven applicants for the two seats on the board.

The SHBE has eight voting members appointed by the governor, including one student member and two non-voting members who represent the North Dakota University System’s faculty and staff. The board oversees the system’s 11 public colleges and universities.

Sydney Mook has been the managing editor at the Herald since April 2021. In her role she edits and assigns stories and helps reporters develop their work for readers.

Mook has been with the Herald since May 2018 and was first hired as the Herald's higher education reporter where she covered UND and other happenings in state higher education. She was later promoted to community editor in 2019.


For story pitches contact her at smook@gfherald.com or call her at 701-780-1134.
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