UND has released the names of the five finalists to fill the dean’s position at the university’s aerospace school.

Paul Lindseth, who has served as dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences since 2016, announced this spring that he will step down from the deanship on Dec. 31 to return to his former position as professor of aviation. He has been with UND for 32 years.

A search committee was put together this summer to help find Lindseth’s replacement.

The committees finalists include:

  • Eileen Bjorkman

  • Scott Blum

  • Pete Dumont

  • Bob Kraus

  • Bob Muhs

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Bjorkman serves as the executive director of the Air Force Test Center. She oversees a $2 billion annual budget, highly technical workforce of 18,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel and $32 billion in flight and ground test assets across more than 30 U.S. locations, according to a description on UND’s website..

Blum is serving as international relations director/regulatory advocate at Jeppesen, a Boeing Company. He is an SME/Advisor for International & U.S. Government Aviation Regulatory and Technology Development, per UND’s website.

Blum has previously served as director of staff to the Dean of Faculty, Deputy Department Head and Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also has been the Senior Manager of Capital and Budgeting Strategy at the Denver International Airport and was a colonel, commander and instructor pilot in the Air Force.

Dumont has served as president and CEO of the Air Traffic Control Association since 2006. Previously, Dumont served as chief operating officer of Serco. Dumont is also a retired Navy air traffic controller.

Kraus serves as associate dean, flight and operations and professor in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State University, where he oversees all aspects of airport operations for programs within the college and supports expansion of the curriculum. Kraus previously served as a colonel in the Air Force as the operations and coordination division head at the NATO Science & Technology Organization Office in Paris, France.

Muhs previously served as director of aviation business consulting at The Boeing Company. He “was responsible for planning and leading a profit and loss global operations management consulting business,” comprising six practices covering airline operations, maintenance and engineering, crew operations, military operations and it/cyber security, according to UND.

Each candidate will be virtually meeting with several groups of the Odegard school and UND communities, and each will participate in a public forum during a virtual visit. The interviews will start on Dec. 7 and conclude on Dec. 16.