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NDSU president names new interim provost

Ken Grafton

FARGO – North Dakota State University Vice President Ken Grafton has been named the interim provost, university President Dean Bresciani said Friday, Aug. 10.

The provost is the university’s No. 2 executive. Beth Ingram, the previous provost, resigned and took a faculty job in agribusiness and applied economics, Bresciani said July 25.

Grafton is currently vice president for agricultural affairs, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources and director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.

He’ll start his new job Thursday, Aug. 16, and stay in the job until a search for a permanent provost is completed next year, Bresciani said. The president added that he’s working with Grafton on filling the three jobs the vice president now holds.

“Dr. Grafton has extensive senior administrative experience and a proven record of success in these leadership roles,” Bresciani said in a statement.

He cited Grafton’s management of “multiple complex and diverse budgets,” his work with state lawmakers and experience in private fundraising.

Grafton, he said, has also been successful in creating opportunities for women and international faculty.

Grafton and Charlene Wolf-Hall, NDSU's vice provost for academic affairs, were finalists for the interim provost job.

Bresciani has cited budgetary uncertainty as a reason for waiting until next year to search for a permanent provost, "when there is greater clarity about our budget and governance."