Joshua Wynne, Dennis Elbert finalists for UND interim job

Dr. Joshua Wynne
Dr. Joshua Wynne, dean of the UND medical school is pictured in this Herald file photo.
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Joshua Wynne, dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Dennis Elbert, longtime business school dean, are the finalists for the UND interim president position, State Board of Higher Education Chair Don Morton confirmed Wednesday evening.

Wynne and Elbert both are listed on an updated agenda for the board's regular meeting that will be held Thursday morning in Bismarck.

Wynne has been dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences since 2010. Before becoming permanent dean, Wynne served as interim dean beginning in early 2009. He has been with UND since 2004.

Wednesday afternoon, Wynne told the Herald he had been approached about the job by board members. He said he would be willing to take the position, if offered, under the condition that he keep his duties as medical school dean and vice president.

Elbert was appointed dean of the UND College of Business and Public Administration in July 1997 and served through May 2014 before returning to a faculty position. He retired in 2017. At present, he serves on the board of the United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area.


Elbert was under consideration for the interim presidency in late 2015 when former Gov. Ed Schafer was eventually appointed to the post. He also was a candidate for UND president in 2007.

The Herald was unsuccessful in several attempts to reach Elbert in recent days.

Dennis Elbert
Dennis Elbert

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