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Published September 24, 2013, 08:14 PM

Education leader says N.D. board has tough decision

The president of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education says it's a close call on the two finalists for interim chancellor of the state university system.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The president of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education says it's a close call on the two finalists for interim chancellor of the state university system.

The board will decide Wednesday whether Bismarck State College president Larry Skogen or former state commerce commissioner Shane Goettle should take over the job. Skogen is currently the acting chancellor.

Board president Kirsten Diederich says she believes both Skogen and Goettle have the "qualities and characteristics" to lead the university system through the transition. That will include an October 2014 vote on whether North Dakota residents want to keep the higher education board and chancellor.

A board committee met Tuesday to talk about contract terms for interim chancellor, whose pact will run until June 20, 2015. The committee did not decide on salary.


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