University System launches search for next chancellor; Skogen to return to BSC duties July 1


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BISMARCK, North Dakota — The North Dakota University System has begun searching for its next chancellor, the school said Thursday.

The application deadline is March 17. Whoever is chosen will start somewhere around the beginning of July.

Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen took over when the board replaced Hamid Shirvani in 2013 following complaints about Shirvani's leadership style. Skogen will return to his duties as president of Bismarck State college on July 1.

The chancellor position has been marked by turmoil over the past decade. Robert Potts resigned in August 2006 after his authority was questioned by at least one president. Potts eventually was replaced by William Goetz, who was viewed by some lawmakers as being too soft on campus leaders.

After Shirvani's contract was bought out, officials held off on searching for a new, permanent chancellor until after last November's vote on dumping the state Board of Higher Education in favor of a full-time commission. North Dakota voters rejected the plan.

The university system, which oversees the state's 11 public colleges and universities, has contracted with AGB Search to help with the search process. Applications will be reviewed by an advisory committee and the Board of Higher Education.


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