News from the President
2023 State of the University Address
UND Press Releases
June 30, 2023
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in two cases involving college admissions. Its majority opinion effectively ends the use of race as an explicit criterion in college admissions.
First and foremost, UND is fully committed to complying with the law. In the coming days, we will work with legal counsel to examine the decision and how it could impact the University. In fact, our current general admissions process does not use race as a factor.
Even with this decision about admissions, we will continue to place great value on diversity and inclusion on our campus. UND must be a place that is welcoming to all, where we come together as a community, and where we recognize that differences are not only OK, but they make our community even stronger. Our focus remains on the health, well-being and vibrancy of our campus community. It takes deliberate efforts to fully realize the power of such a highly diverse campus.
Our new UND LEADS strategic plan emphasizes Equity as a strategic pillar of the institution. In it, we highlight concepts such as opportunity for all people; the collective identity as humans; diverse perspectives, peoples, and ideas; and free speech as a cornerstone of the campus. These are, and will remain, bedrock principles of our University.
May 20, 2022
As we celebrated our newest graduates at last Saturday’s commencement ceremony, violence erupted in Buffalo, NY, with a mass shooting that killed ten African American people and injured three others. Officials have labeled this as a hate crime. Additionally, multiple shootings targeting Asian American-owned businesses last week in Dallas are being investigated as hate crimes.
Please keep the victims and their family members in your thoughts, as well as the members of those communities that have been shaken by this violence.
We have become all too familiar with these tragic events that rob so many victims of their futures. There is additional pain and suffering when this violence is directed at groups of people because of hate, which has targeted so many people of Color in our communities.
As a leading institution of higher education, the University of North Dakota strongly condemns racism and the extremism sometimes used as a pretext for committing violent acts. UND has an obligation to address contemporary and historical issues through education, thought, and study. We encourage earnest and open conversations about how our differences make us stronger and how to better appreciate the lived experiences of others.
Let us assure you that we aspire to be a community admired for our commitment to fairness, a place where each member of our campus is treated with dignity and differences are resolved not through violence but through understanding, patience, and respectful dialogue.
We include below a list of resources available to support the members of our campus.
Andy Armacost, President
Eric Link, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Meloney Linder, Vice President for Marketing & Communications
Jed Shivers, Vice President for Finance & Operations
Beth Hellwig, Vice President for Student Affairs
John Mihelich, Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Josh Wynne, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, SMHS
Tamba-Kuii Bailey, Special Assistant to the President, Diversity & Inclusion
Bill Chaves, Director of Athletics
Charlie Gorecki, CEO, Energy & Environmental Research Center
DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO, UND Alumni Association & Foundation
June 1, 2020
It is with great pride and excitement that I step into the role as the 13th President of the University of North Dakota. Since last December, when the State Board of Higher Education announced their decision, Kathy and I have been eager to become part of the campus and the local area. This day has finally arrived – though it is a “virtual arrival” for now – and the final transition from President Wynne has happened. We plan to arrive physically in Grand Forks the week of June 22, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic delayed our move and keeps us in Colorado a bit longer.
I must start by thanking Josh Wynne for his leadership and enthusiasm as our president for the last year. His passion for the people of UND is unmatched. As a fitting end to his tenure, President Wynne was awarded the Gordon Henry Award by our Student Government, recognizing one who has gone above and beyond in their service to the student body. On a personal level, Josh and Susan have been incredibly welcoming to us, and I will cherish the mentorship and advice he has given me over the last five months.
On this first day as President, I’m filled with sadness at the recent tragedies in our own community and in our neighboring state of Minnesota. On Tuesday, we will honor the life and sacrifice of Officer Cody Holte of the Grand Forks Police Department, whose tragic death last week came in the line of duty. His wife, Amanda, is a recent UND graduate, and our hearts go out to her and the Holte family. Earlier in the week, we watched in horror at the senseless and racially unjust death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We grieve with Mr. Floyd’s family and with our students who call Minneapolis and St. Paul home. Both events impact us deeply and highlight the continuing need to uphold the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity to build a just community. I pledge my commitment to open dialogue and action on the toughest issues we face as a nation and state for the benefit of all members of our community.
We also face the ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus. In response to the pandemic, I have had the chance to work closely with President Wynne, our Executive Council, and other campus leaders to develop plans for our response. Let me assure you that this team is focused on your health and safety, on delivering programs rooted in excellence, and on sustaining a strong sense of community across our campus. We will soon release our plan for our UND Smart Restart and the return of campus activity for the fall semester.
Over the last four months, the professionalism and optimism I have seen across our campus community convince me that we will overcome challenges together and come out stronger on the other side. Your character, commitment, and spirit are the reasons I am excited to join the UND team. I am honored to serve as your President. Together, we are One UND.
President’s Reading List
These are many books that have impacted the way I view the world and our role as educators. Some authors share perspectives that I had not heard, but that changed me in some important way. I encourage you to continue reading works that offer different views of the world and expose you to knowledge and ideas that might be outside your normal area of study.
- The Innovators, Walter Isaacson
- Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman + The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis
- Whistling Vivaldi, Claude Steele
- The One World School House, Salman Khan
- What the Best College Teachers Do, Ken Bain
- Mindset, Carol Dweck
- Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
- The Indigenous People’s History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (recommended to me by UND Professor Beth Klemetsrud)