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North Dakota’s Higher Education Board Opens Applications, NDSU Grads Need Not Apply

North Dakota’s Higher Education Board Opens Applications, NDSU Grads Need Not Apply


It’s a time of change and opportunity within the corridors of North Dakota’s educational governance. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education, a beacon of policymaking and advocacy for the state’s 11 public colleges and universities, is on the lookout for new members. As we approach the end of John Warford’s four-year tenure on June 30, a seat becomes vacant, beckoning North Dakotans from all walks of life to step forward and make a difference, except for those with degrees from North Dakota State University (NDSU).

Unusual Eligibility Criteria Draws Attention

The board’s call for applicants comes with a peculiar caveat: NDSU graduates need not apply. This stipulation, rooted in a state constitutional mandate, seeks to prevent any single institution from having overrepresentation on the board. Currently, the board limits the presence to two bachelor’s degree holders from any one institution, aiming for a diverse representation that mirrors the broad spectrum of the state’s higher education landscape. This unique eligibility criterion has sparked discussions about representation and fairness in the selection process, highlighting the board’s commitment to inclusive and varied perspectives.

Who Can Apply?

For those North Dakota residents eyeing this prestigious position, the criteria are clear. Applicants must have lived in the state for the past five years and must not have been employed or received payment from the North Dakota University System within the last two years. The application process is straightforward but selective, requiring a one-page application, a resume, and the submission of up to six letters of reference. This rigorous selection process underscores the board’s dedication to finding candidates who not only meet the eligibility requirements but also bring a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the table.

The Role and Responsibilities

The North Dakota Board of Higher Education plays a critical role in shaping the future of the state’s public colleges and universities. Comprising eight voting members and several nonvoting members, the board meets monthly and members engage in various subcommittees, covering a range of issues from academic affairs to budget and finance. The board’s decisions directly impact the educational landscape of North Dakota, influencing policy, advocacy, and the overall direction of higher education in the state. As John Warford’s term comes to an end, the board seeks not just a replacement, but a visionary willing to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The application process is more than a mere formality; it is a call to action for those passionate about education and governance. As the deadline approaches, the state waits in anticipation to see who will step forward to shape the future of North Dakota’s higher education.





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