BISMARCK — The former director of academic affairs for the North Dakota University System has been named vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

Lisa Johnson took over the responsibilities for the position in late June, an NDUS statement said. She was serving in an interim role during the past year. In her role as director of academic affairs, Johnson was responsible for overseeing policies relating to transfer students, distance education and veterans.

“I genuinely enjoy working with the faculty, staff, students and administrators from campuses at every level within our system for the last 25 years. They are a trusted network of resources to me,” Johnson said. “I anticipate that among several system priorities of the upcoming year, one will be supporting statewide efforts to attract, educate and retain a skilled workforce in North Dakota.”

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said in a statement that Johnson continues to be an exemplary fit for the role.

“It’s unlikely that there’s anyone who knows our university system better than Ms. Johnson,” Hagerott said. “As a product of our university system, she knows the ins and outs of everything related to academic and student affairs, from the operational day-to-day workings of the campuses to the strategic approaches needed for systemwide policy.”