49 apply to be DSU president

Forty-nine people have applied for Dickinson State University’s president position, according to the North Dakota University System, and few have any connection to the university or the state.

There is one internal applicant, one from a different North Dakota university and one Dickinson State University alumnus. About half of the applicants are from the upper Midwest or Rocky Mountain states, and two others have North Dakota connections.

“We have a great pool of interesting and qualifi ed candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds,” DSU presidential search committee chair Kari Reichert said in an email to The Press. “(Washington, D.C.-based) AGB Search consultants are impressed with the strong interest in DSU from across the country. It is an exciting time for the campus and community.”

Notable applicants include:

› Cynthia Pemberton, DSU provost and vice president of academic affairs. She is the lone internal applicant and joined the university in August 2012 when she was hired by outgoing DSU President D.C. Coston. She was previously at Idaho State University.

› Pamela Kalbfl eisch, professor of communication at the University of North Dakota. She is one of only two in-state applicants, along with Pemberton. She was formerly the dean of Concordia University Chicago’s college of arts and sciences.

› Stephen Easton, professor of law and the former dean of the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie, Wyo. He is the lone Dickinson State University graduate. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1980 and received his juris doctorate from Stanford Law School in 1983.

DSU and NDUS launched its search to replace retiring President D.C. Coston in June with a goal having his replacement at DSU by Jan. 1, 2016. At that time, Coston said he would remain at the university until his replacement was found.

However, on Aug. 3, Coston announced in an email to staff that he would be stepping down Aug. 15 because of health reasons. The next day, the State Board of Higher Education announced that Jim Ozbun, a former North Dakota State University president living in Dickinson, would take over as DSU’s interim president beginning Aug. 17.

Consultants are expected to meet the search committee on Aug. 18 to identify top candidates with telephone interviews to follow in early September. Semifi nalists are scheduled to meet on campus Sept. 14 and 15, with fi nalists expected to be named shortly thereafter. An offer is expected to be extended on Oct. 1.

Seven applicants either are or have been presidents at colleges or universities, while most are are or have been in high-ranking positions at higher learning institutions.

Three applicants are from South Dakota, two of whom are currently employed by Black Hills State University in Spearfi sh. Priscilla Romkema is the school’s dean of the college of business and natural sciences, and Lois Flagstad is its vice president of enrollment and student affairs.

Monte Kramer, the South Dakota Board of Regents vice president of fi nance and administration, has also applied.

Two of the applicants have North Dakota connections. Joy Johnston Madison is the former general counsel and lobbyist for the Greater North Dakota Association. Louis Ogaard is the former director of the Abandoned Mine Lands Division of the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Two applicants are employed by Bemidji (Minn.) State University and Northwest Technical College. Robert Griggs is the university’s vice president for innovation and extended learning, and James Parker is its vice president for student development and enrollment. He’s also a former dean of students at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Three candidates — Ashok Roy, Martin Shapiro and Mitch Shapiro — applied for the North Dakota University System’s chancellor position that was recently fi lled by Mark Hagerott.

Thomas Mitzel, the dean of faculty and and vice president of academic affairs at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., was a fi nalist for the president position at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. Richard Shrubb, the former president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, has been a presidential fi nalist at multiple colleges and universities.

Two of the applicants have withdrawn their applications. One withdrew because of The Press’ open-records request on Aug. 5 and another on July 30 because of the state’s open-records policies.

Author: Dustin Monke

Former newspaper editor. Now I market the best baked goods and donuts in America. But every once in a while, I write a cool story too.

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