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UND President Mark Kennedy named a finalist for Central Florida job

UND President Mark Kennedy interviews for the job of president of University of Central Florida in Orlando on Friday. Photo by Michael McNarney for the Herald.

ORLANDO, Fla. - UND President Mark Kennedy was named one of four finalists to be the next president of the University of Central Florida after an hour of public questioning by a 15-person search committee.

Kennedy was one of eight semifinalists being considered at UCF, a school with more than 66,000 students -- compared to 14,400 at UND.

“He has diverse experience,” David Walsh, chairman of the search committee and a UCF trustee, said. “Some academia, some business, some government. He becomes an interesting alternative.”

Kennedy and the other three finalists will be brought back to Orlando for two days starting March 1. The finalists will all have individual and group meetings on and off campus, private dinners in the community and will make public presentations.