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Published April 24 2012

Governor selects Microsoft exec, former NDSU football coach for higher ed board

BISMARCK – Former North Dakota State University football coach and current Microsoft executive Don Morton has been named to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple picked Morton to replace board member Michael Haugen, whose term expires in June.

Morton is currently the site leader for Microsoft’s 1,650-person Fargo campus. He’s been with the company since 1999, when it was still Great Plains Software.

He also had a long career in college football, including a Division II national championship at NDSU in 1983.

Dalrymple still has to pick a replacement for Claus Lembke, another board member who re-signed April 17. Lembke said stress and the demands of the job led him to step down.