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UND president search: About the 3 finalists

The UND presidential search committee interviewed 16 candidates vying for the leadership position in early February. Since then, some candidates have been eliminated from consideration and others have dropped out, leaving only Nagi Naganathan, St...

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The UND presidential search committee interviewed 16 candidates vying for the leadership position in early February. Since then, some candidates have been eliminated from consideration and others have dropped out, leaving only Nagi Naganathan, Steven Shirley and Mark Kennedy. Here are the quick thumbnail sketches the Herald created based on these three candidates' February interviews.
Name: Nagi G. Naganathan Current position: Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo Degrees: Doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1986, master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1981, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, University of Madras. Quotable: Naganathan on how he inspires his campus: “One of my personal philosophies is for an institution to be successful, everybody has to feel at the end they had something to do with it. You don’t want to tell them we’re successful and expect them to be happy. They should be able to touch and feel that success.” Notable: Naganathan served as the University of Toledo's interim president for a year and said that experience is invaluable going forward. At the helm of UND, he said he would focus on maintaining excellence at the university and work to make the things the school already does and make them better. A native of India who got his bachelor’s degree in the country, Naganathan  touted his open communication style, transparency and honesty when dealing with university stakeholders. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383988","attributes":{"alt":"Steven Shirley","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Steven Shirley Current position: President of Minot State University Degrees: Doctoral degree in teaching and learning: higher education from UND in 2006, master of business administration degree from UND in 1996, bachelor’s degree in business administration from UND. Quotable: Shirley on being the person who could unite the campus: “Everybody has to believe in themselves. They have to believe in the institution. They have to believe in that shared vision and that direction. Those things can sound cliche. But it goes back to having a track record of having people believe in you as the leader of the institution.” Notable: Shirley, the only sitting president interviewed for the UND post, pointed to his success within the university system at Minot State University and Valley City State University as making him a good fit for the position. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383990","attributes":{"alt":"Mark R. Kennedy","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Mark R. Kennedy","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Mark R. Kennedy Current position: Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University Degrees: Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1983, bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. in 1978. Quotable: Mark R. Kennedy on his unique skill set: “The success of a public university is going to require somebody to engage a state, engage a community, engage with legislators and drive them toward the future they want and a common goal and common strategy, and I have that experience.” Notable: Kennedy, a former Republican congressman for Minnesota’s Sixth District, said his work as a politician and as a former executive with Macy’s prepare him to be UND’s next president in different ways than people who have strictly academic experience. Kennedy said he wants to transform UND to be the best university in the Upper Midwest and continue to grow the university’s role in unmanned aircraft services. As a former politician, Kennedy said he would work to build relationships with the legislature and the other universities in the NDUS system to get things done. Stories on today's selection of UND presidential finalists: 3 UND president finalists selected Morgan Olsen withdraws from UND president search Thumbnail sketches of the 3 finalists  Finalists' applications for the job:  Steve Shirley: Original application for the position Mark Kennedy: Original application for the position Nagi Naganathan: Original application for the position The UND presidential search committee interviewed 16 candidates vying for the leadership position in early February. Since then, some candidates have been eliminated from consideration and others have dropped out, leaving only Nagi Naganathan, Steven Shirley and Mark Kennedy. Here are the quick thumbnail sketches the Herald created based on these three candidates' February interviews. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383996","attributes":{"alt":"Nagi G. Naganathan","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Nagi G. Naganathan","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Nagi G. Naganathan Current position: Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo Degrees: Doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1986, master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1981, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, University of Madras. Quotable: Naganathan on how he inspires his campus: “One of my personal philosophies is for an institution to be successful, everybody has to feel at the end they had something to do with it. You don’t want to tell them we’re successful and expect them to be happy. They should be able to touch and feel that success.” Notable: Naganathan served as the University of Toledo's interim president for a year and said that experience is invaluable going forward. At the helm of UND, he said he would focus on maintaining excellence at the university and work to make the things the school already does and make them better. A native of India who got his bachelor’s degree in the country, Naganathan  touted his open communication style, transparency and honesty when dealing with university stakeholders.
Name: Steven Shirley Current position: President of Minot State University Degrees: Doctoral degree in teaching and learning: higher education from UND in 2006, master of business administration degree from UND in 1996, bachelor’s degree in business administration from UND. Quotable: Shirley on being the person who could unite the campus: “Everybody has to believe in themselves. They have to believe in the institution. They have to believe in that shared vision and that direction. Those things can sound cliche. But it goes back to having a track record of having people believe in you as the leader of the institution.” Notable: Shirley, the only sitting president interviewed for the UND post, pointed to his success within the university system at Minot State University and Valley City State University as making him a good fit for the position. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383990","attributes":{"alt":"Mark R. Kennedy","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Mark R. Kennedy","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Mark R. Kennedy Current position: Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University Degrees: Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1983, bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. in 1978. Quotable: Mark R. Kennedy on his unique skill set: “The success of a public university is going to require somebody to engage a state, engage a community, engage with legislators and drive them toward the future they want and a common goal and common strategy, and I have that experience.” Notable: Kennedy, a former Republican congressman for Minnesota’s Sixth District, said his work as a politician and as a former executive with Macy’s prepare him to be UND’s next president in different ways than people who have strictly academic experience. Kennedy said he wants to transform UND to be the best university in the Upper Midwest and continue to grow the university’s role in unmanned aircraft services. As a former politician, Kennedy said he would work to build relationships with the legislature and the other universities in the NDUS system to get things done. Stories on today's selection of UND presidential finalists: 3 UND president finalists selected Morgan Olsen withdraws from UND president search Thumbnail sketches of the 3 finalists  Finalists' applications for the job:  Steve Shirley: Original application for the position Mark Kennedy: Original application for the position Nagi Naganathan: Original application for the position The UND presidential search committee interviewed 16 candidates vying for the leadership position in early February. Since then, some candidates have been eliminated from consideration and others have dropped out, leaving only Nagi Naganathan, Steven Shirley and Mark Kennedy. Here are the quick thumbnail sketches the Herald created based on these three candidates' February interviews. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383996","attributes":{"alt":"Nagi G. Naganathan","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Nagi G. Naganathan","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Nagi G. Naganathan Current position: Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo Degrees: Doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1986, master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1981, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, University of Madras. Quotable: Naganathan on how he inspires his campus: “One of my personal philosophies is for an institution to be successful, everybody has to feel at the end they had something to do with it. You don’t want to tell them we’re successful and expect them to be happy. They should be able to touch and feel that success.” Notable: Naganathan served as the University of Toledo's interim president for a year and said that experience is invaluable going forward. At the helm of UND, he said he would focus on maintaining excellence at the university and work to make the things the school already does and make them better. A native of India who got his bachelor’s degree in the country, Naganathan  touted his open communication style, transparency and honesty when dealing with university stakeholders. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383988","attributes":{"alt":"Steven Shirley","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Steven Shirley Current position: President of Minot State University Degrees: Doctoral degree in teaching and learning: higher education from UND in 2006, master of business administration degree from UND in 1996, bachelor’s degree in business administration from UND. Quotable: Shirley on being the person who could unite the campus: “Everybody has to believe in themselves. They have to believe in the institution. They have to believe in that shared vision and that direction. Those things can sound cliche. But it goes back to having a track record of having people believe in you as the leader of the institution.” Notable: Shirley, the only sitting president interviewed for the UND post, pointed to his success within the university system at Minot State University and Valley City State University as making him a good fit for the position.
Name: Mark R. Kennedy Current position: Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University Degrees: Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1983, bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. in 1978. Quotable: Mark R. Kennedy on his unique skill set: “The success of a public university is going to require somebody to engage a state, engage a community, engage with legislators and drive them toward the future they want and a common goal and common strategy, and I have that experience.” Notable: Kennedy, a former Republican congressman for Minnesota’s Sixth District, said his work as a politician and as a former executive with Macy’s prepare him to be UND’s next president in different ways than people who have strictly academic experience. Kennedy said he wants to transform UND to be the best university in the Upper Midwest and continue to grow the university’s role in unmanned aircraft services. As a former politician, Kennedy said he would work to build relationships with the legislature and the other universities in the NDUS system to get things done. Stories on today's selection of UND presidential finalists: 3 UND president finalists selected Morgan Olsen withdraws from UND president search Thumbnail sketches of the 3 finalists  Finalists' applications for the job:  Steve Shirley: Original application for the position Mark Kennedy: Original application for the position Nagi Naganathan: Original application for the position The UND presidential search committee interviewed 16 candidates vying for the leadership position in early February.Since then, some candidates have been eliminated from consideration and others have dropped out, leaving only Nagi Naganathan, Steven Shirley and Mark Kennedy.Here are the quick thumbnail sketches the Herald created based on these three candidates' February interviews.
Name: Nagi G. NaganathanCurrent position: Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of ToledoDegrees: Doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1986, master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1981, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, University of Madras.Quotable: Naganathan on how he inspires his campus: “One of my personal philosophies is for an institution to be successful, everybody has to feel at the end they had something to do with it. You don’t want to tell them we’re successful and expect them to be happy. They should be able to touch and feel that success.”Notable: Naganathan served as the University of Toledo's interim president for a year and said that experience is invaluable going forward.At the helm of UND, he said he would focus on maintaining excellence at the university and work to make the things the school already does and make them better.A native of India who got his bachelor’s degree in the country, Naganathan  touted his open communication style, transparency and honesty when dealing with university stakeholders.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383988","attributes":{"alt":"Steven Shirley","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Steven ShirleyCurrent position: President of Minot State UniversityDegrees: Doctoral degree in teaching and learning: higher education from UND in 2006, master of business administration degree from UND in 1996, bachelor’s degree in business administration from UND.Quotable: Shirley on being the person who could unite the campus: “Everybody has to believe in themselves. They have to believe in the institution. They have to believe in that shared vision and that direction. Those things can sound cliche. But it goes back to having a track record of having people believe in you as the leader of the institution.”Notable: Shirley, the only sitting president interviewed for the UND post, pointed to his success within the university system at Minot State University and Valley City State University as making him a good fit for the position.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383990","attributes":{"alt":"Mark R. Kennedy","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Mark R. Kennedy","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Mark R. KennedyCurrent position: Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington UniversityDegrees: Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1983, bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. in 1978.Quotable: Mark R. Kennedy on his unique skill set: “The success of a public university is going to require somebody to engage a state, engage a community, engage with legislators and drive them toward the future they want and a common goal and common strategy, and I have that experience.”Notable: Kennedy, a former Republican congressman for Minnesota’s Sixth District, said his work as a politician and as a former executive with Macy’s prepare him to be UND’s next president in different ways than people who have strictly academic experience. Kennedy said he wants to transform UND to be the best university in the Upper Midwest and continue to grow the university’s role in unmanned aircraft services. As a former politician, Kennedy said he would work to build relationships with the legislature and the other universities in the NDUS system to get things done.Stories on today's selection of UND presidential finalists:3 UND president finalists selectedMorgan Olsen withdraws from UND president searchThumbnail sketches of the 3 finalists Finalists' applications for the job: Steve Shirley: Original application for the positionMark Kennedy: Original application for the positionNagi Naganathan: Original application for the positionThe UND presidential search committee interviewed 16 candidates vying for the leadership position in early February.Since then, some candidates have been eliminated from consideration and others have dropped out, leaving only Nagi Naganathan, Steven Shirley and Mark Kennedy.Here are the quick thumbnail sketches the Herald created based on these three candidates' February interviews.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383996","attributes":{"alt":"Nagi G. Naganathan","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Nagi G. Naganathan","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Nagi G. NaganathanCurrent position: Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of ToledoDegrees: Doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1986, master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1981, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, University of Madras.Quotable: Naganathan on how he inspires his campus: “One of my personal philosophies is for an institution to be successful, everybody has to feel at the end they had something to do with it. You don’t want to tell them we’re successful and expect them to be happy. They should be able to touch and feel that success.”Notable: Naganathan served as the University of Toledo's interim president for a year and said that experience is invaluable going forward.At the helm of UND, he said he would focus on maintaining excellence at the university and work to make the things the school already does and make them better.A native of India who got his bachelor’s degree in the country, Naganathan  touted his open communication style, transparency and honesty when dealing with university stakeholders.
Name: Steven ShirleyCurrent position: President of Minot State UniversityDegrees: Doctoral degree in teaching and learning: higher education from UND in 2006, master of business administration degree from UND in 1996, bachelor’s degree in business administration from UND.Quotable: Shirley on being the person who could unite the campus: “Everybody has to believe in themselves. They have to believe in the institution. They have to believe in that shared vision and that direction. Those things can sound cliche. But it goes back to having a track record of having people believe in you as the leader of the institution.”Notable: Shirley, the only sitting president interviewed for the UND post, pointed to his success within the university system at Minot State University and Valley City State University as making him a good fit for the position.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383990","attributes":{"alt":"Mark R. Kennedy","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Mark R. Kennedy","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Mark R. KennedyCurrent position: Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington UniversityDegrees: Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1983, bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. in 1978.Quotable: Mark R. Kennedy on his unique skill set: “The success of a public university is going to require somebody to engage a state, engage a community, engage with legislators and drive them toward the future they want and a common goal and common strategy, and I have that experience.”Notable: Kennedy, a former Republican congressman for Minnesota’s Sixth District, said his work as a politician and as a former executive with Macy’s prepare him to be UND’s next president in different ways than people who have strictly academic experience. Kennedy said he wants to transform UND to be the best university in the Upper Midwest and continue to grow the university’s role in unmanned aircraft services. As a former politician, Kennedy said he would work to build relationships with the legislature and the other universities in the NDUS system to get things done.Stories on today's selection of UND presidential finalists:3 UND president finalists selectedMorgan Olsen withdraws from UND president searchThumbnail sketches of the 3 finalists Finalists' applications for the job: Steve Shirley: Original application for the positionMark Kennedy: Original application for the positionNagi Naganathan: Original application for the positionThe UND presidential search committee interviewed 16 candidates vying for the leadership position in early February.Since then, some candidates have been eliminated from consideration and others have dropped out, leaving only Nagi Naganathan, Steven Shirley and Mark Kennedy.Here are the quick thumbnail sketches the Herald created based on these three candidates' February interviews.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383996","attributes":{"alt":"Nagi G. Naganathan","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Nagi G. Naganathan","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Nagi G. NaganathanCurrent position: Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of ToledoDegrees: Doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1986, master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1981, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, University of Madras.Quotable: Naganathan on how he inspires his campus: “One of my personal philosophies is for an institution to be successful, everybody has to feel at the end they had something to do with it. You don’t want to tell them we’re successful and expect them to be happy. They should be able to touch and feel that success.”Notable: Naganathan served as the University of Toledo's interim president for a year and said that experience is invaluable going forward.At the helm of UND, he said he would focus on maintaining excellence at the university and work to make the things the school already does and make them better.A native of India who got his bachelor’s degree in the country, Naganathan  touted his open communication style, transparency and honesty when dealing with university stakeholders.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2383988","attributes":{"alt":"Steven Shirley","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Name: Steven ShirleyCurrent position: President of Minot State UniversityDegrees: Doctoral degree in teaching and learning: higher education from UND in 2006, master of business administration degree from UND in 1996, bachelor’s degree in business administration from UND.Quotable: Shirley on being the person who could unite the campus: “Everybody has to believe in themselves. They have to believe in the institution. They have to believe in that shared vision and that direction. Those things can sound cliche. But it goes back to having a track record of having people believe in you as the leader of the institution.”Notable: Shirley, the only sitting president interviewed for the UND post, pointed to his success within the university system at Minot State University and Valley City State University as making him a good fit for the position.
Name: Mark R. KennedyCurrent position: Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington UniversityDegrees: Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1983, bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. in 1978.Quotable: Mark R. Kennedy on his unique skill set: “The success of a public university is going to require somebody to engage a state, engage a community, engage with legislators and drive them toward the future they want and a common goal and common strategy, and I have that experience.”Notable: Kennedy, a former Republican congressman for Minnesota’s Sixth District, said his work as a politician and as a former executive with Macy’s prepare him to be UND’s next president in different ways than people who have strictly academic experience. Kennedy said he wants to transform UND to be the best university in the Upper Midwest and continue to grow the university’s role in unmanned aircraft services. As a former politician, Kennedy said he would work to build relationships with the legislature and the other universities in the NDUS system to get things done.Stories on today's selection of UND presidential finalists:3 UND president finalists selectedMorgan Olsen withdraws from UND president searchThumbnail sketches of the 3 finalists Finalists' applications for the job: Steve Shirley: Original application for the positionMark Kennedy: Original application for the positionNagi Naganathan: Original application for the position

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