Amy Dalrymple, Published November 17 2009
President search, nickname on agendaA search for a new North Dakota State University president, the next step for the Fighting Sioux nickname and an update on the presidents’ homes are on the agenda for Thursday’s state Board of Higher Education meeting.
Members, at their meeting at Minot State University, also will consider increasing the authorization for NDSU’s Richard H. Barry Hall, which cost $3.5 million more than what was approved.
The following is a snapshot of some issues board members will discuss.
- President search: The board will appoint a committee to recommend a successor for President Joseph Chapman.
Chancellor Bill Goetz has said he wants this group to have no more than 16 members.
The board also will hire a search consultant to assist with the process.
Chapman’s last day is Nov. 30. Board members will approve a contract for Interim President Richard Hanson, who begins Dec. 1.
- University of North Dakota nickname: Board members will go into an executive session with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to discuss a temporary restraining order that prevents the board from changing the nickname.
Northeast District Judge Michael Sturdevant issued the order last week.
The closed-door executive session is scheduled for 90 minutes. The board would have to come back into an open meeting to take action.
- Presidents’ houses: The agenda says Goetz will give an update on the funding status for homes at NDSU and UND.
At NDSU, it’s unclear how about $142,000 in exterior costs will be paid. Board members have said they don’t want any NDSU money in the house, but the NDSU Development Foundation says it won’t cover those costs.
- Barry Hall: NDSU is seeking authorization to spend $23.5 million the facility that opened in downtown Fargo this fall.
NDSU was authorized by the board and the Legislature’s Budget Section to spend up to $20 million.
NDSU officials did not know the purchase price of the former Pioneer Mutual Life building, about $2.5 million, and the cost of furniture, about $1.6 million, should be included in the total project cost.
The board has clarified its policies to make it more clear in the future.
The Forum, WDAY-TV and WDAY Radio will have team coverage Thursday at the state Board of Higher Education. Check www.inforum.com, WDAY-TV and WDAY Radio 970 for updates throughout the day.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590