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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published April 03 2011

Higher Education Notebook: NDSU provost finalists begin campus visits

FARGO - The search for a new North Dakota State University provost and vice president for academic affairs enters the final four this week.

Finalists for the post will begin making campus visits on Monday.

Neil Gudmestad, distinguished professor and chairman of the search committee, said all four finalists are well-qualified.

“We wanted to attract a potential administrator from an institution that we aspire to,” Gudmestad said. “I think that’s true in every one of these cases.”

Each candidate will spend two days on campus and give an open forum in the Memorial Union Century Theater.

Here is the schedule for their visits:

Gudmestad said the committee looked for candidates who have had exemplary teaching and scholarship; who understand the mission of a land grant university; and who have administrative experience.

For more information on the candidates, visit www.ndsu.edu/news/provost_search. The open forums will be recorded and linked on that site.

Faculty honored

Two NDSU animal sciences faculty were honored at the Midwest American Society of Animal Science/American Dairy Science Association annual meeting.

Kim Vonnahme, associate professor and co-director of NDSU’s Center for Nutrition and Pregnancy, was named the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist in the research category.

Associate professor Sarah Wagner was named the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist in the teaching category.

Also during the meeting, Bryan Neville, an NDSU graduate, and Allison Meyer an NDSU doctoral student, received the Animal Science Young Scholar Award.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com