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3 finalists named in search for North Dakota State College of Science president

The State Board of Higher Education will interview the candidates at its Thursday, March 31, meeting in Wahpeton.

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From left, Rod Flanigan, Jeanine Gangeness and Carmen Simone.
Photos via North Dakota State College of Science
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WAHPETON, N.D. — Three finalists will compete to lead the North Dakota State College of Science.

After meeting in a closed-door session, a search committee forwarded the applications of Rod Flanigan, Jeanine Gangeness and Carmen Simone to the State Board of Higher Education, which will interview the three finalists during its Thursday, March 31, meeting at the Wahpeton campus. The board will then decide who will succeed former President John Richman.

“We’re excited to bring these talented leaders to campus for their final public interviews, knowing they each have become acquainted with NDSCS and what makes our institution unique,” said Terry Marohl, an NDSCS associate professor and transportation department chair who co-chaired the search committee.

Richman announced last year that he would retire as the school’s leader after serving in the position for roughly 15 years. Harvey Link was appointed interim president, taking over after Richman stepped down in mid-December.

The search attracted 21 candidates. Four of them visited NDSCS this month and participated in open forums.


Flanigan is a business and technology dean at Cochise College in Arizona. Gangeness has multiple roles at Winona State University in Minnesota, including associate vice president of academic affairs and graduate studies dean. Simone is a former Western Nebraska Community College president.

Dimitria Harding, who serves as the dean of health sciences, as well as career and technical education, at South Central College in Faribault, Minnesota, was the fourth candidate.

The next president is slated to take over around July 1, according to a timeline on the NDSCS website.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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