Statement by UND President Robert Kelley on Nickname
The University of North Dakota appreciates the work of the North Dakota Legislature this week in passing SB 2370. With the signature of Gov. Jack Dalrymple, this action allows UND to complete the directive of the State Board of Higher Education and to meet the terms of the 2007 settlement agreement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association by transitioning away from the current nickname and logo. This step will remove UND from sanctions imposed by the NCAA and will allow UND to continue to pursue Division I athletics in the Big Sky conference as a member in good standing – critical for the immediate and long term success of UND student-athletes and UND's athletics programs.
The legislative process has been thorough and has allowed individuals and groups to voice their opinions regarding the issue. I want to reassure our students, faculty, staff and alumni – and all friends of the University – that the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo will be retired with dignity as it becomes part of the tradition and history of the University of North Dakota.
Robert O. Kelley, President