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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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.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- Two people were killed and two injured in a two-vehicle crash between Thompson and Northwood, N.D., Thursday morning, Jan. 18.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The problems in Mark Hagerott's office began early on, according to the official who once worked as his right-hand employee. Hagerott is the chancellor of the North Dakota University System, an office that sits atop the 11 colleges and universities that make up the state landscape of public higher education. Until September, he oversaw that system with the help of Lisa Feldner, a longtime public sector employee hired as a vice chancellor by Hagerott's predecessor.
A former leader of the North Dakota University System has signed off on an official allegation that her September termination was a retaliatory action by the system chancellor. Lisa Feldner, a vice chancellor who also served as chief of staff to NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott, signed on Dec. 19 an official complaint prepared by the state Department of Labor and Human Rights to further her charge that Hagerott had unjustly fired her for reporting what she "believed to be violations of rule, policy, and/or law by Chancellor Hagerott."
BISMARCK — A former vice chancellor has supported allegations that North Dakota higher ed leader Mark Hagerott created a hostile workplace for staff, though his office showed relatively little turnover during a period of major cuts.
BISMARCK—A labor complaint made against North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott is set to be investigated by a federal agency.
GRAND FORKS — Leaders of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education opened a Wednesday, Dec. 6, press release with quotes about truth to reinforce their stance on accusations made against the top executive of the state university system. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple," board Chair Don Morton and Vice Chair Greg Stemen wrote, drawing from playwright Oscar Wilde before introducing a joint statement of support for due process and system office staff.
BISMARCK—After initially making no official plans to do so, the governing board of the North Dakota University System will be discussing in its meeting Thursday, Nov. 30, the allegations of discrimination made by a former system leader against NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott.