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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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.
National health care spending is on the rise. According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the sector hit $3.3 trillion in 2016, amounting to almost 18 percent of the national GDP for that year after an increase of about $100 billion from 2015.
GRAND FORKS —Mark Hagerott is very specific when he says he “categorically” denies a sexual discrimination charge recently made against him.
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.
GRAND FORKS — A North Dakota university president named in labor allegations made against the head of the state's higher education system has confirmed an accusation that involves her—but said she wasn't offended by the event in question.
BISMARCK — The State Board of Higher Education publicly covered a range of topics Thursday, Nov. 30, but spoke only briefly on allegations recently leveled against Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota legislators "scramble" to avoid university system Chancellor Mark Hagerott, Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, said Tuesday, Nov. 28. Holmberg was speaking to allegations made more than a week earlier by Lisa Feldner, a former vice chancellor of the university system fired by Hagerott earlier this fall.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota's top leader in higher education has rejected accusations that he engaged in gender discrimination and fostered a hostile work environment in university system offices. "We strongly disagree with the former employee's characterization of events," stated Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, in a Monday press release. Though he didn't name her in his statement, Hagerott was referring to his former vice chancellor and chief of staff Lisa Feldner, whom he fired "without cause" earlier this fall.
Amid a year of jostling federal policy around refugees, those who work closely in bringing vetted people to North Dakota are expecting a continued decline in resettlements. The agency working with the federal government to resettle refugees in the state is Lutheran Social Services, a Fargo-based nonprofit. Shirley Dykshoorn manages that resettlement effort and, while she says the projected total of 352 people bound for resettlement in fiscal year 2018 is approximately in line with the LSS yearly average, the number represents a drop from the past few years.
GRAND FORKS — A North Dakota higher education leader fired earlier this fall is now calling for an investigation of alleged discriminatory practices in the state's university system office under Chancellor Mark Hagerott.