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Erik Burgess, Published July 30 2012

Former Fargo school leader named one of three finalists for ND Higher Ed Board

FARGO – The former superintendent of the Fargo School District is one of three finalists nominated to fill an open seat on the state Board of Higher Education.

Rick Bu-resh, who left his job as superintendent on June 30 after five years in the position, said he is “delighted” to be able to move forward in the selection process.

A screening committee on Monday chose Buresh, former state Sen. David Nething of Jamestown and Kari Reichert of Bismarck for the opening.

“There are some very worthy people that have been nominated, and I’m just honored to be considered,” Buresh told The Forum on Monday evening.

Incumbent board member Richie Smith of Wahpeton recently resigned. Gov. Jack Dalrymple has to choose someone to fill out the 11 months left on Smith’s term.

Buresh, who has degrees from both North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota, said higher education funding and coexisting with state government are topics of interest for him were he to be given the position.

“I think finding a proper working relationship with the Legislature and the rest of state government is always something to be attended to,” Buresh said.

He said the selection committee will make a decision by about the third week in August.

Nething is a former Senate majority leader and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He is leaving the Senate this year.

Reichert is a lawyer and a vice president of a cooperative data processing company in Mandan.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518