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North Dakota higher ed board vice chairman resigns

State Board of Higher Education Chair Don Morton, left, board member Greg Stemen and North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott listen during a meeting of the SBHE in Bismarck Thursday, Nov. 30. Andrew Haffner / Forum News Service

BISMARCK — Greg Stemen, the vice chairman of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, resigned from his post Thursday, Sept. 27, due to "added work responsibilities and increasing personal obligations."

Stemen's four-year term was set to expire at the end of June 2019. A resident of Oakes, he's the vice president of the southeast region of First Community Credit Union.

Stemen said on top of more responsibilities at work, he has a daughter in high school with a busy athletic career.

"The state board requires a lot of time and effort and commitment, and if I can't give it what it needs, then I'm doing a disservice," he said. "I've enjoyed it, it's been challenging, it's been an extremely valuable experience."

It wasn't immediately clear Friday morning how Stemen's position would be filled. The State Board of Higher Education, which oversees the North Dakota University System, has eight voting members who are nominated by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, who chairs a state committee that recommends candidates, announced last week that she was seeking applicants for two seats on the board. The current occupants of those seats, Stemen and Nick Hacker, are eligible for reappointment to new four-year terms.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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