Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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GRAND FORKS—After spending last week in the running to be president of a Florida university, Mark Kennedy wants to make something known about his job-hunting aspirations. "To be clear, I wasn't looking, and I'm not looking," the University of North Dakota president said Monday by phone from Washington, D.C. "For me, there's not many places I feel at home, and I feel at home in North Dakota."
GRAND FORKS—A UND investigation has begun to determine the security of student fee dollars after last week's arrest of the former student body treasurer. Chase Johnson was arrested by University Police and charged with Class B felony theft following accusations that he embezzled between $10,000 and $50,000 from his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He was fraternity treasurer at the time of the alleged theft.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy's hunt for a new job has ended unsuccessfully. For now, he'll be staying in Grand Forks. The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees voted Friday against nominating Kennedy to be their next president, instead choosing their internal candidate, current UCF Provost Dale Whittaker.
The Mayville State University presidential search is down to three finalists. A search committee made up of a cross-section of MSU stakeholders met for the last time Thursday to quickly whittle down a list of four candidates, coming to prompt consensus to end their work for a search begun in November.
GRAND FORKS—A University of North Dakota professor soon will be leading one of the most prominent outlets in the country for Native American news. Journalism professor Mark Trahant said Wednesday, March 7, he's "eager to start" his latest role as editor of Indian Country Today, an online publication with a national audience. Trahant currently is winding down a three-year term at the university as the Charles R. Johnson endowed professor of journalism, a position set to end this academic year.
GRAND FORKS - The treasurer of the University of North Dakota Student Body has been arrested for alleged embezzlement from the coffers of his fraternity house. Chase Alexander Johnson, 23, was arrested Thursday afternoon, March 1, by UND Police and faces a Class B felony charge of theft.
Altru Health System will embark on its new hospital construction under new leadership. Altru announced Thursday that CEO Dave Molmen has announced his retirement and will be stepping down from his position at the end of this year. The board of directors of the health system already has chosen Molmen's replacement in Brad Wehe, who currently serves as Altru chief operating officer. Wehe's appointment to CEO will begin Jan. 1, 2019, according to an Altru press release.
UND President Mark Kennedy will be interviewing for a new job, according to a Thursday statement. Kennedy announced in an email that he has been nominated to a pool of candidates for the role of president of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Kennedy wrote that he had responded to an inquiry from an executive search firm and “have been included in a group to proceed to initial interviews” in an “accelerated search process” likely to be finished by March 9. Kennedy ended his statement by saying that he and his wife, Debbie Kennedy, are “not anxious to leave” UND.
GRAND FORKS—Longtime North Dakota legislator Byron John Langley died last week at the age of 91, according to an obituary published Wednesday, Jan. 17. Langley, who spent nearly all his life farming and ranching near Warwick, N.D., within the Spirit Lake Nation, died surrounded by family Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Carrington, N.D.
The names of two women killed Thursday morning in a head-on car crash outside Thompson, N.D., were released Friday by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The deceased -- both residents of the Hatton Prairie Village retirement and assisted living facility in Hatton, N.D. -- are Lynette Ysteboe, 59, and Alpha Flatten, 97. At the time of the crash, the women were being driven to doctors’ appointments in Grand Forks.