The effort to name the next president of NDSU has begun. The Presidential Search Committee held its initial meeting Dec. 16 in the Memorial Union Plains room.
The committee’s charge is to recommend at least three unranked candidates to the State Board of Higher Education for its consideration. During the meeting, the committee adopted a timeline for the search, which included a tentative starting date of July 1 for a new president.
Committee chair Steve Swiontek said an open dialogue is planned with faculty, staff and students. “The committee wants to get their ideas and suggestions on the presidential profile so that at the conclusion of our January meeting, we will be able to advertise for the position. We want to make people aware of what our expectations are when it comes to a new president,” he said.
Swiontek anticipates a strong pool of candidates. “We’re going to get a lot of candidates who will be very interested in this university,” he said. “We have a great group of people here who do a wonderful job, and we need a leader who will enhance, encourage and challenge them. We need a leader who will work with them as a team.”
Swiontek said the committee’s goal is to forward the names of quality candidates. “We want to provide three qualified candidates to the board, so it will be very challenging for them to decide which one they should pick,” he said.
Chancellor Bill Goetz said he has strong confidence in the committee. “We have a good cross-section of individuals who have strong convictions for NDSU, the state of North Dakota and the university system,” Goetz said. “We want to keep the momentum of NDSU alive and well. It has been a tremendous past 10 years and we want to continue that agenda. I, as chancellor, and the State Board of Higher Education are 100 percent behind this effort.”
Search committee members include Amber Altstadt, student body president; Sue Andrews, State Board of Higher Education member; Barry Batcheller, president and CEO of Appareo Systems; James Burgum, managing director of Arthur Ventures; Bruce Christianson, former State Board of Higher Education member; Lynn Dorn, director of women’s athletics; Catherine Haugen, associate vice president for student affairs; Kalpana Katti, distinguished professor of civil engineering; Paul Langseth, vice chair of the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education; Kevin McCaul, dean of science and mathematics; Mark Meister, associate professor and president of University Senate; Don Morton, Microsoft site leader for Fargo campus; Evie Myers, vice president for equity, diversity, and global outreach; Bonnie Neas, vice president for information technology; Vance Olson, president of Staff Senate; John Q. Paulsen, member of the NDSU Development Foundation board of trustees; Kris Sheridan, president of Park Company Realtors; Richie Smith, State Board of Higher Education president; Mike Warner, independent businessman/agriculturist; and Chancellor Goetz as a non-voting member.
The committee’s next steps include an open comment period for committee members and forums on draft proposals for the presidential profile and advertising materials. The second meeting of the committee is scheduled for Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Reimers Room of the NDSU Alumni Center.