AGB Search In Hunt for North Dakota University President

February 25, 2016 – Executive search firm AGB Search has been selected by the University of North Dakota (UND) to lead the search for its 12th president. Dr. Robert Kelley, who has served as president since 2008, resigned the post. James H. McCormick, AGB Search senior consultant, is leading the assignment.

According to the position specification, the university president will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students and administrators in a consultative decision-making role of shared governance, promoting the school’s mission of providing undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational experiences.

The successful candidate will ultimately be a consensus-builder with strategic vision, someone with a commitment to learning, teaching, research, and creative and scholarly activity. The search committee ultimately seeks to land a transformational leader for the university.

UND is the oldest and largest university in the state and is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


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The University offers a variety of professional and specialized programs, including the only schools of law and medicine in the state. But it is perhaps best known for its John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, which trains pilots and air traffic controllers from around the world. It is the first university to offer a degree in unmanned aircraft systems operations.

AGB Search, which focuses exclusively on higher education leadership, conducts executive searches for college and university presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice presidents, deans, university system heads, and CEOs of coordinating boards and related foundations.

The firm is currently heading president searches for The College of Wooster, Emporia State University, Dickenson State University, Marshall University, and Widener University. AGB Search has recently placed presidents at Sierra Nevada College, Western Connecticut State University and University of the District of Columbia.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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