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Part 1: Kennedy discusses future of UND

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Grand Forks, North Dakota (WDAZ-TV)

There's a new big man on campus at UND.

Mark Kennedy is the school's 12th president.

His goal to make the university a leader not just locally, but around the globe.

To do that it will include people with ties to the school and the community at large.

But he is the first to admit obtaining that goal will come with difficult decisions during tough fiscal times.

In an effort to be transparent and get input from the community Kennedy will be holding "Coffee with Kennedy" events.

The first one is this Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Grand Forks Community Room.

The event is free and open to the public.