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Five UND presidential candidates visit campus


Five candidates for the University of North Dakota presidency will visit campus for interviews this month. After the interviews are complete, the presidential search committee will recommend finalists to the State Board of Higher Education. Board members will interview those finalists Feb. 4-5.

President Charles Kupchella, who has served as UND’s 10th president since July 1999, will retire June 30, 2008.

Each of the five candidates will participate in a 3:30 p.m. "Meet and Greet," for students, faculty and staff in the Dakota Lounge, Memorial Union; a 4:05 p.m. public presentation with Q&A in the Memorial Union Ballroom, and a 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. post forum reception in the Dakota Lounge, Memorial Union. The public is welcome:

* Thursday, Jan. 17 -- Phyllis E. Johnson, Beltsville area director, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
* Tuesday, Jan. 22 -- Bruce Smith, dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota, and president/CEO of the UND Aerospace Foundation.
* Thursday, Jan. 24 -- Dennis J. Elbert, dean, College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota.

The candidates:
* Robert Kelley, dean, College of Health Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the University of Wyoming, visited campus Jan. 9-12.

Dr. Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, in 1965, and his master’s degree in 1966 and doctorate in 1969, both in cell and developmental biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

He has been in his present position since 1999. Prior to that, he was associate vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, professor of biological sciences at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of anatomy and cell biology at the College of Medicine, both at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the University of New Mexico, he served as chair of anatomy and senior executive associate dean, as well as other faculty capacities. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kelley has served as chair of the Assembly for the Association of American Medical Colleges, chaired the Council of Academic Societies for the AAMC, and was a member of the executive board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, which is responsible for the U.S. medical licensure examination. In addition, he has served the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on several study sections, served on the director’s advisory board for NIH strategic planning, and chaired the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program advisory committee in the NIH Division of Research Resources. That program helped support research for historically black universities, tribal colleges, and "minority-majority" institutions. He is currently principal investigator for the University of Wyoming/Northern Rockies INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence), an NIH program which promotes biomedical research and connects the state’s community colleges with the University of Wyoming.

He and his wife, Marcia Jean, have four children.

* Kathleen Long, dean and professor, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, visited campus through Jan. 13-16.

Dr. Long earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1968; her master’s from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1970, where she specialized in child psychiatric nursing and nursing education; and her doctorate in behavioral sciences at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

She has held her current position since 1995. At UF, she served on the board of directors of the comprehensive Shands Healthcare System, and chaired the College of Medicine dean search. She also chairs the Development (fund-raising) Oversight Committee and was named the deans’ representative on the Faculty Senate Shared Governance Task Force. At Montana State University in Bozeman, she rose through the ranks to become dean and professor of psychiatric nursing, and was actively involved in the development of a university-wide honors program. She has also held faculty or administrative positions at Husson College/Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine; University of Maryland in Baltimore; and Johns Hopkins. She worked as a nurse specialist in New York and Maryland.

Long has served on national advisory boards to the U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy and was an invited member of the Advisory Group of Deans of Schools of Nursing, providing input to President Clinton’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform. She has been active in the development of health policy and legislation at the state and national levels, and represented nursing at President Bush’s Oval Office signing of the Nurse Reinvestment Act. She served several terms on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and was president of that association from 2002 to 2004.
She and her husband, David Solomon, have one daughter.

* Phyllis E. Johnson, Beltsville Area Director, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), interviews Jan. 16-19.

Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UND in 1971, her doctorate in physical chemistry from UND in 1976, and did postdoctoral work at the USDA ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC).

She has been in her present position since 1997, when she was promoted from associate director. As director, she is responsible for a $130 million budget and staff of 1,200, including 300 doctoral-level scientists. The flagship Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), which includes the U.S. National Arboretum, is the largest and most comprehensive agricultural research center in the world. She has also served as acting area director and associate director, Pacific West Area, USDA, ARS; research leader for nutrition, biochemistry and metabolism, Grand Forks HNRC; clinical instructor in internal medicine at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences; research chemist and Research Leader, Grand Forks HNRC; and a lab instructor at the University of Mary, Bismarck.

She has led the USDA in biofuel and biobased product utilization since 1999, and has received three White House awards for these activities. Under her leadership, BARC has won multiple awards. She is co-chair of a federal interagency working group developing science policy related to scientific collections as critical national research infrastructure. She represents the U.S. government on this topic internationally and will chair an international workshop on scientific collections for the Global Science Forum of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in May. She is active in community and national organizations, and was the first woman to be named president of a Sons of Norway district.

Johnson’s late husband, Robert S. T. Johnson, was also a UND alum. She has two children and six grandchildren.

* Bruce Smith, dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota, and president/CEO of the UND Aerospace Foundation, interviews Jan. 21-24.

Dr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education from UND in 1970, his master’s in secondary education from Arizona State University in 1975, and his doctorate in instructional design and development from Florida State University in 1984.

He was named to his current position in 1999. Prior to that, he served as director of training for Delta Airlines, director of training systems and senior scientist for Hughes Training Inc., director of training systems for Singer Corporation, program manager for Seville Training Inc., staff scientist for Canyon Research Group, instructor and assistant professor for the U.S. Air Force Academy, research instructor pilot of the U.S. Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, and an instructor pilot and academic instructor for the U.S. Air Force.
Smith’s career has covered a variety of educational and training roles, including development and implementation of large scale education and training programs for pilots, flight crews, college students, Air Force Academy and U.S. Military Academy cadets; hands-on operational training for mechanics at a major airline; and factory workers in General Motors manufacturing settings. He has held positions in industry and higher education that cover the entire spectrum from instructor to executive, while remaining active in research and publication. His roots in North Dakota go back four generations to the 1880s when his maternal great grandparents immigrated to Grafton and later moved to Leeds, N.D.

Ann, his wife of 38 years, holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University. She worked 30 years as a career educator, and spent the last eight as a supervising teacher in UND’s College of Education and Human Development. They have two sons, who earned advanced degrees in business and engineering, and three grandchildren.

* Dennis J. Elbert, dean, College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota, will interview Jan. 23-26.

A native of Grafton, N.D., Dr. Elbert earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1968 and a master’s degree in marketing in 1972, both from UND, and a doctorate in vocational education from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1976. An armor officer, Elbert is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran with a military career spanning 28 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was wounded in Cambodia, awarded a Purple Heart, and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1996.
He returned to UND in 1980 as a marketing faculty member, and has established himself as a leader in the University, community, and state. He was named full professor in 1986 and has served as associate dean and MBA director for the College of Business and Public Administration, as well as director of the Small Business Institute. He was named dean of the college in 1997. During his tenure, Elbert has led the college through a $20 million capital campaign and nationally recognized curriculum improvements, including entrepreneurship education. He has served as a lead reviewer for AACSB International, the accrediting body for schools of business. He was instrumental in the Government Rural Outreach project, a multi-million dollar grant which united UND units, tribal communities and federal agencies to deliver government services to rural areas in North and South Dakota. In 2005 he was selected to participate in an elite, international conclave on ethics in Oxford, England.

He has served on boards that include Altru Health System, Cirrus Design, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND (Noridian), Gate City Bank, Boy Scouts of America Northern Lights Executive Council, Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Bank, and ROTARY. He is married to Dora Lea (Riopelle) and they have three children, Jason, Christina, and Danielle, all UND graduates.