As Joshua Wynne prepares to take on the interim president’s role in the coming days, he won’t be the only one on campus with an interim title.
A recent search to name a new, permanent vice president for research and economic development at UND was unsuccessful, according to UND spokesman David Dodds, leaving its current interim vice president, John Mihelich, to continue serving on an interim basis.
Dodds said UND Provost Tom DiLorenzo, along with the VPRED search committee, agreed that the launch of any new search should wait until after the naming of a new permanent university president.
Mihelich took over the position in January, following the retirement of Grant McGimpsey, who filled the spot from July 2015 to the end of 2018.
“John has been doing a fabulous job as interim vice president, and we are pleased that he has agreed to remain in that role for the time being or until a permanent successor is named," DiLorenzo said in a statement.
Other areas of campus still have leaders in place on an interim basis.
Brian Tande was recently named interim dean of the College of Engineering and Mines with the departure of current dean Hesham El-Rewini, who will be leaving UND this month to become the provost at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.
Diana Kostrzewski has been serving as interim dean of nursing since Jan. 1. Kostrzewski took over for former dean Gayle Roux, who left her position at the end of 2018.
Dodds said DiLorenzo would like to discuss possible next steps for both deanships with Wynne, soon after he takes the helm as university interim president in about a week.
DiLorenzo said university leaders have been busy in the past few weeks wrapping up the most recent legislative session and closing out the current fiscal year.
Now, attention will shift to other matters, such as leadership transitions with the two colleges.