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Faculty and staff at UND share ideas with presidential search committee co-chairs Denny Elbert, center, and Casey Ryan, right, during a listening session held in July at the Center For Innovation. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

University of North Dakota presidential search committee narrows field to 12

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota presidential search is down to 12 semi-finalists.

The UND presidential search committee met this week to consider the nearly 60 qualified applications it received and narrowed the field to 12 candidates.

Some of the candidates are sitting presidents and people with experience in higher education, committee co-chair Casey Ryan said in the university’s UND Today blog.

The semi-finalists will be invited to interview via interactive video on Oct. 22-23.

The committee plans will invite at least four candidates for campus visits in mid-November. State law requires the committee to name at least three finalists for the position to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. At that time, the finalists’ names officially become public.

The State Board could name the next president at its regular December meeting on Dec. 3.

Steve Burian stepped down from the committee this week, citing personal reasons. He will not be replaced.

The next UND president will replace Mark Kennedy, who left the university earlier this year to become the president of the University of Colorado System. Joshua Wynne, dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and vice president for health affairs at UND, has been serving as interim president since mid-June.

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