As the search for a new UND president enters its early stages, the North Dakota University System and UND want to hear from campus community members.

The system will be hosting a series of listening sessions next week on the UND campus.

The listening sessions look to answer the following question: What characteristics and strengths would you like to see in UND’s next president?

“We’re really curious to see what everybody wants in our next president,” UND spokesman David Dodds said.

Faculty and staff listening sessions will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and July 10 in the James Ray meeting room at the Center for Innovation.

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A Greater Grand Forks community listening session also will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 11 in the same location.

Comments and views will not be attributed to individuals and will later be presented at the first meeting of the search committee later this month.

Students are welcome to attend any of the scheduled listening sessions. There will be no charge for parking in the lots near the Center for Innovation.

Dodds said there will be more sessions in the fall, some of which will be for students.

The search committee is being headed by State Board of Higher Education member Casey Ryan and longtime professor and dean of the UND business school Dennis Elbert. Last week, the remaining nine committee members were announced, including members of the business community, a student representative and members of the UND faculty and staff.

NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott and Mayville State President Brian Van Horn will serve as ex-officio members.

The new president will succeed Mark Kennedy, who left the school in June to become president of the University of Colorado System. Joshua Wynne, UND vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been serving as interim president since June 16.

Ryan said, during a board meeting last week, that a new president will not be in place by September, but he hopes one will be appointed shortly after that.