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New University System Leader in Minot

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The interim chancellor of North Dakota's university system says trust and transparency are his top goals as he tries to move the system forward.

Dr. Larry Skogen was named interim chancellor last month

after being chosen as the acting chancellor in June.

Skogen took over after Dr. Hamid Shirvani was pushed out of the job by the Board of Higher Education after a year on the job.

Skogen says he wants to repair relations with institutions, staff, and the general public.

He says it's important to include people impacted by key decisions, in the decision-making process.

(Dr. Larry Skogen, ND University System Chancellor) "To have to make decisions, to have to make tough decisions, but always to be trying to make, at every level, collaborative decisions so that the institutions understand why we're moving in the direction that we're moving"

Skogen visited Minot today to meet with various members of the media and local legislators. He says the people of this area should be excited about Minot State University as it thanks Dr. David Fuller for his years at the helm of the university, and prepares to welcome a new president.

(Dr. Larry Skogen, ND University System Chancellor) "This next few months, next six months, will be a celebration of the excellent leadership of Dr. David Fuller, and then there's going to be a transition. So it's an exciting time to be at Minot State and to be in the Minot community."

Dr. Skogen says he is taking on the challenges of each day without worrying that he might be out of a job in a couple of years.

Voters will decide next November if the current makeup of the university system administration should be changed.

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