UND has hired a Texas man as its next provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Eric Link, who has been serving in a similar role for the University of Houston Downtown in Houston, Texas, will take over the role on July 1. Last month, he was named one of four finalists for the UND position.

“I am thrilled to welcome Eric Link as our new provost and vice president for academic affairs,” UND President Andrew Armacost said in a statement sent to the Grand Forks Herald. “He brings to UND tremendous experience as an educator, scholar, and leader in higher education. I look forward to having Eric; his wife, Dr. Laura Link; and their family as members of our UND team."

Link comes to UND with a list of experience in higher education. At UHD – an institution with more than 15,000 students – Link was in a leadership role for the academic affairs, student affairs and enrollment management operations of the university, as well as the university library and the offices of institutional research, data analytics, assessment and accreditation. According to a release sent by UND, he also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ind., from 2015-19. He was an associate dean at the University of Memphis and was a professor and head of the Department of Language and Literature at North Georgia College and State University.

He also has authored and edited various works and essays and twice has served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar.

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He earned his doctorate in American literature from Purdue University, a master’s degree in English language and literature from Southwest Missouri State University, and a bachelor’s in communications from Evangel University, Springfield, Mo.

“I am honored and thrilled to join the University of North Dakota and to serve the students, faculty and staff as part of the administrative team,” Link said in the UND release. “UND is an outstanding and dynamic university that plays a vital role not only in North Dakota, but across the region and the country, and I look forward to working alongside the UND community to provide exceptional educational opportunities for our students and to advance the mission of the institution. I am grateful to President Armacost, the search committee, and the entire UND team for the opportunity to join you. Laura and I are excited to become members of the Fighting Hawks’ family and the greater Grand Forks community.”

Debbie Storrs has been serving as UND’s interim provost.