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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending May 11

UND chooses leaders for College of Business & Public Administration,  Center for Innovation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota has named new leaders for the university’s College of Business & Public Administration and Center for Innovation.

Amy Henley, currently executive director of MBA programs at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, has been named the new dean of the UND College of Business & Public Administration, and Amy Whitney, who now serves as director of innovation and entrepreneurship at Massachusetts’ Clark University, will join UND as the next director of the Center for Innovation.

Henley holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and psychology from the University of Texas in Arlington. Prior to her current position, she was assistant chair of the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State.

Before joining Clark University, Whitney served as an adjunct faculty member teaching online management courses at the Community College of Vermont in Montpelier. Before that, she served as state program coordinator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Boston and Texas, and as executive director for the MADD Greater Boston Chapter.

Whitney earned her bachelor’s degree in American government and MBA from Clark University, and expects to earn her doctorate in educational leadership this year from Northeastern University in Boston.

Henley is expected to being her new duties at CoBPA on Aug. 1, while Whitney is expected to take over at the Center for Innovation on July 1.


Interventional radiologist joins Essentia Health in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – Dr. Adam DeFoe, an interventional radiologist, has joined the Essentia Health-32nd Avenue Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota.

DeFoe earned a medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, N.D. He completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and a fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiology.


Ritter named dean of Bemidji State’s College of Individual & Community Health

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Joseph Ritter has been named dean of the College of Individual & Community Health at Bemidji State University.

Ritter joins the BSU administration from Principia College in Elsah, Ill., where he currently is provost, dean of academics and the Edith and Lewis White Distinguished Professor. He has been at Principia for more than 20 years. He joined the college’s faculty as a chemistry professor in 1995 and later served as chemistry department chair, director of the school’s engineering science program and faculty adviser to the college’s solar car project.

He moved into administration in 2008 as assistant dean of academics. From there, he served in various roles before being named provost in 2016.

Before coming to Principia, Ritter worked in artificial intelligence for Amoco Oil’s research and development department and as a process control engineer and an operations engineer for Whiting Refinery.

Ritter has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in computer & information science and a doctorate in chemical engineering, both from the University of Delaware.


New Wells Fargo leader in Bismarck, Minot

BISMARCK, N.D. – Mark Schuler has been named business banking manager for Wells Fargo in Bismarck and Minot, N.D.In his new role, Schuler will lead a team serving businesses with annual sales generally from $5 million to $20 million, providing a range of services including credit, cash management, risk management, succession, and wealth management.

A 24-year Wells Fargo veteran, Schuler worked in Sioux Falls, S.D., Minneapolis, Minn., and Scottsdale, Ariz., before joining the team in Bismarck in 2016.

Schuler is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and the University of South Dakota School of Law. He also serves as a trustee of the University of South Dakota Foundation and the Bismarck State College Foundation.


Bartosh, Hardy earn credit-union honors

BISMARCK, N.D. – Two North Dakota credit-union professionals recently were honored by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas.

Chad Bartosh, business banking and innovation officer at Railway Credit Union in Mandan, N.D., was named the Credit Union Professional of the Year.

And Kayla Hardy, senior human resource specialist with Capital Credit Union in Bismarck, was named the Emerging Leader of the Year.

Both Bartosh and Hardy received their honors at the Awards Banquet that was held during the CUAD Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas is the professional financial trade association serving 73 credit unions that employ more than 2,000 individuals in 219 branches.


Levey joins CHI St. Alexius Health Pain Clinic

BISMARCK, N.D. – Amanda Levey has joined CHI St. Alexius Health Pain Clinic.

As a family nurse practitioner, Amanda assists with pre-procedural work-ups, patient education, patient follow up clinic visits and coordinating care for pain treatments.

Levey received both her bachelor;s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing

administration from University of Mary in Bismarck. She completed her family nurse practitioner certificate from South University in Savannah, Ga.

Levey is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Myers to serve as UND’s interim law-school dean

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Brad Myers will serve as interim dean for the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Myers, who has served as associate dean of UND Law since 2012, will begin his new duties Aug. 1.

Kathryn Rand, who has served as dean since 2009, is stepping down to return to teaching. A search committee is expected to launch in the fall to seek a permanent dean.

Myers, who holds the title of Randy Lee Professor of Law, has been with UND Law since 2001. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in kinesiology from UCLA, his juris doctor from the University of Oregon and the LL.M. in taxation from New York University. He practiced law at private firms before joining the UND faculty.

He is active with the state and local bar associations and gives continuing legal education workshops across the state. He also serves on the editorial board for The Gavel, the publication of the State Bar Association of North Dakota.

Myers was appointed by Gov. John Hoeven and reappointed by Gov. Doug Burgum to serve as one of North Dakota’s commissioners to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Myers said his goals as interim dean will be to maintain momentum on current projects, develop new programs and prepare for the new permanent dean.


Ulteig’s Jaeger named finalist for award

FARGO, N.D. – Doug Jaeger, president and CEO of Ulteig, an engineering, surveying and consulting firm, was selected by a panel of independent judges as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Award in the Heartland program.

Award winners will be announced June 14 in Minneapolis. Regional award winners will then be eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year national competition, which will take place in November.

Now in its 32nd year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program is a global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.


Ackerman-Estvold’s Ploof earns asbestos certifications

MINOT, N.D. – Kevin Ploof of Ackerman-Estvold recently earned his asbestos inspector and asbestos management planner certifications through the University of North Dakota’s Environmental Training Institute.

Ploof graduated from North Dakota State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in geology/soils. He is a registered environmental health specialist with experience in the environmental and water resources fields.

Ploof’s certifications mean Ackerman-Estvold, an engineering and architectural consulting firm,  now is licensed to perform public and private asbestos inspections.