Armacost - UND New President

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Dr. Andrew Armacost was selected today by the North Dakota Board of higher Education to be U-N-D’s next president.

Armacost most recently served as Dean of the Faculty at the U-S Air Force Academy. In that role he had direct responsibility for an annual operating budget of more than $350 million, a faculty of 550, an academic program with 31 majors, and a student body of 4,300

The 52-year-old native of Glendale, Wisconsin, says he’s looking forward to being the 13th president of the university.

Armacost says U-N-D has a strong strategic plan in place but one area he hopes to improve upon is a sense of community

A total of 61 people applied for the U-N-D job.

Armacost holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from Northwestern, and a Master of Science and PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He will take over the duties from Medical School Dean Dr. Joshua Wynne - who assumed the president’s role on an interim basis after the resignation of Mark Kennedy earlier this year.

The other finalists were Laurie Stenberg Nichols, former president at University of Wyoming, and David Rosowsky, former provost at the University of Vermont.


Board Chair Nick Hacker said, “I would like to thank the co-chairs of the presidential search committee and all the members who volunteered time; we owe the committee a debt of gratitude for the hundreds of hours you dedicated to the process. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Armacost’s leadership skills and commitment to the future of University of North Dakota and the state.”

The Search Committee was co-chaired by Dr. Casey Ryan, SBHE member, and Dr. Dennis Elbert, former dean of the UND College of Business & Public Administration and UND alumnus.

Ryan said, “We had a dedicated group and we all knew that we were doing very important work for the future of the University of North Dakota. I appreciate everyone who provided input to the presidential search committee. Through the process, we realized that we wanted a president who has a philosophy that is consistent with North Dakota values. Dr. Armacost is that person.”

Elbert added, “We had a dedicated, hard-working team. We held 12 listening sessions to gain input from all facets of the community, both on campus and off, and attendees consistently focused on the importance of research. We are here to finds the right leader for UND, and today we have found the right leader, Dr. Armacost, to take UND into the future.”

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