Three names are now up for consideration to fill a vacant position on North Dakota’s higher education governance board.

The committee that nominates board members to Gov. Doug Burgum selected Matt Dunlevy, Bruce Gjovig and John Warford to be considered for the position. The nominating committee met Friday, Nov. 20, to discuss the six candidates who had applied for the opening.

The State Board of Higher Education, which oversees the state’s 11 public colleges and universities and has eight voting members, has had an opening since August, when Fargo attorney Joseph Wetch Jr. resigned from his spot just weeks after joining.

Dunlevy, of Grand Forks, is chairman and CEO of SkyScopes, which offers drone services for inspections, videography and other tasks.

Gjovig, also of Grand Forks, is the retired founder and CEO of the Center for Innovation at UND.

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Warford is an orthodontist and former mayor of Bismarck from 2002 to 2014. He is also the former dean of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business at Bismarck’s University of Mary.

The nominating committee also is seeking applications for two Board of Higher Education positions that will come open on July 1, 2021. The application deadline for those spots is 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31.

The seats are now held by Kathleen Neset and Casey Ryan. Ryan is eligible for a second four-year term on the board. Neset is finishing her second and final term.

The governor appoints the voting members of the Board of Higher Education. Voting members who are eligible for four-year terms are subject to confirmation by the North Dakota Senate.

The nominating committee is made up of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler; Chief Justice Jon Jensen; Nick Archuleta, president of North Dakota United; House Speaker Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck; and state Senate President Pro Tempore Oley Larsen, R-Minot.