Andrew Armacost has been named the next president of UND. The State Board of Higher Education on Tuesday, Dec. 3, unanimously appointed Armacost to the position.
Here are 10 things interesting facts about Armacost:
1. Armacost comes to UND from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was dean of the faculty, a position similar to the provost at UND.
2. He'll be the 13th president in UND history, not including interim presidents. He comes to UND during a time of great change on campus.
3. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters: Ava, a 2018 graduate of Northwestern, and Audrey, who will graduate from the University of Oklahoma in 2020. They also have an 11-year-old cockapoo named Sadie.
4. He got the nickname "Uncle Andy" while at the Air Force Academy. Armacost has said he considers it a term of endearment and respect from the cadets and portrays his direct involvement with them.
5. Armacost last year was on the television program "The Price is Right." He won a ping-pong table and a car.
Check out the clip below.
6. He was briefly an athlete at Northwestern, playing baseball there for about three months. Armacost was a freshman pitcher at the time; a catcher on that team was Joe Girardi, former New York Yankees manager and new Philadelphia Phillies manager.
Armacost has joked that Girardi, a senior at the time, was the one who encouraged him to quit baseball. Armacost says Girardi didn't actually say it, but convinced him by throwing the baseball back to Armacast faster than he could pitch.
7. Armacost is expected to start as UND president on or before June 1, 2020.
8. He is a brigadier general in the United States Air Force. That's one grade higher than colonel and ranking just below major general.
9. His degrees include a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Northwestern and a master of science and Ph.D. in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
10. Armacost has been an active member of the Colorado Springs community and in the state of Colorado. He has served on local nonprofit boards, was an inaugural member of the governor’s Colorado Innovation Network (COIN), and was a founding adviser to the QUAD Initiative, a collaboration between local colleges to craft innovative solutions for Colorado Springs organizations.
He has been similarly active in support of academic bodies, including service on the board of directors of the Military Operations Research Society, and he held key editorial roles for professional journals.