Higher Ed Board to meet in Devils Lake

Louise Oleson, Editor
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On Thursday, Feb. 18 the State Board of Higher Education will hold its meeting here in Devils Lake at Lake Region State College.

One of the items that may be discussed at the meeting will be a petition to be submitted by members of the Spirit Lake Nation regarding the UND?nickname issue.

Those who oppose the nickname remaining the Fighting Sioux are in the process of circulating a petition within the Spirit Lake Nation hoping to collect 500 to 600 signatures.

Terry Morgan, enrolled Spirit Lake tribal member, said they hope to be allowed to speak at Thursday’s meeting to let the board know they are working on the project aimed at showing the Higher Ed Board that support for the nickname isn’t as widespread as originally thought.

Morgan is working with other tribal members like Erich Longie and others to emphasize that support of the nickname has eroded since the initial vote where over 60 percent of tribal members voting supported retaining the nickname and logo.

“We want to show them that by tribal law the referendum is not binding and can change when there is a change in tribal government,” Morgan said.

He was unsure whether they would be allowed to speak at Thursday’s meeting of the Higher Ed Board. The petition would not be ready for submission on that day, however, of that Morgan was certain.

The N.D. State Higher Ed Board is made up of President Richie Smith, Wahpeton, N.D. He was appointed to a second four-year term on the State Board of Higher Education in 2009. His second term will run through June 30, 2013.

A native of Campbell, Minn., Smith is a 1970 high school graduate of St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minn. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 1974 and a juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1977. He was captain of the 1973-74 Creighton University basketball team.

Smith is an attorney with Smith, Strege and Fredericksen, Ltd., in Wahpeton, N.D. He serves as president of the Richland County Bar Association and is a member of the North Dakota State Bar Association, the Federal District Court Bar, the U.S. Tax Court Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He was chair of the North Dakota State Bar Association Disciplinary Board from 1999 to 2001. Smith also is past president of the North Dakota State College of Science Foundation Board.

•Jon Backes, vice president, Minot, N.D., was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education in 2007. His four-year term on the board will run through June 30, 2011.

Backes is an attorney in the Minot law firm of McGee, Hankla, Backes and Dobrovolny, P.C., where his practice focuses on assisting clients with business, real estate and commercial law needs.

•Susan Ferguson Andrews was appointed to a four-year term on the State Board of Higher Education in 2002 and re-appointed in 2006 to a second four-year term that will run through June 30, 2010.

Andrews was born and raised in Fargo, N.D., and graduated from Fargo South High School. She attended UND and earned a bachelor's degree in home economics from NDSU in 1974.

She is the executive director of the YMCA of NDSU.

•Duaine Espegard, Grand Forks, N.D., was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education in 2007 to complete the four-year term of Charles Murphy who resigned from the board. Espegard's term will run through June 30, 2010.

He is a retired bank administrator. From 1969 to 2003, he worked for Bremer Financial as a bank director, chief executive officer and regional president. Espegard was elected to the North Dakota Senate in 2000 and served until 2006.

He currently serves on the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation and a number of corporate boards. Espegard also has served on the Commerce Department's Development Fund Board and numerous other boards and commissions.

A native of Petersburg N.D., he is a graduate of Unity High School and Aakers Business College where he obtained an associate degree in business administration in 1963. He also attended the University of North Dakota and the University of Wisconsin's Graduate School of Banking.

•Rachelle Hadland was appointed by Gov. John Hoeven to a one-year term as the student member of the State Board of Higher Education, serving from July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010.

A native of Kindred, N.D., Hadland is a senior at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., and is majoring in political science/ pre-medicine. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society and has been active in several campus organizations, including Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and student government. After serving as an NDSU student senator, Hadland was the 2007-08 governmental relations commissioner; she is a member of the NDSU University Senate library committee and the wellness center advisory board.

In addition to on-campus activities, Hadland served on the ConnectND Oversight Committee. She was a member of and lobbyist for the North Dakota Student Association and was named NDSA's most valuable delegate in 2007-08. She is a 22-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and is actively involved in the North Dakota Girls State program. Hadland served as an intern in the Office of the Governor during the 2009 Legislative Session and the summer of 2009.

•Michael Haugen, Fargo, N.D., was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education in 2008. His four-year term on the board will run through June 30, 2012.

Haugen is a business consultant and president of M.J. Haugen and Associates, Inc. As a major general in the North Dakota National Guard, Haugen was the North Dakota adjutant general from December 2000 through September 2006. He earned numerous awards and decorations during a distinguished 39-year military career.

Haugen currently dedicates considerable time to public service, including Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, El Zagel Shrine and the Minot State University Board of Regents.

He attended Valley City State University and received a bachelor's degree in social science from Minot State University. He also completed the U.S. Department of State Senior Seminar, the U.S. Air Force War College and the Regional Security Study Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

• Claus Lembke, Bismarck, N.D., was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education in 2009. His four-year term will run through June 30, 2013.

Lembke currently serves as the part-time government affairs director for the North Dakota Association of Realtors and served as the association's executive vice president from 1979 to 2007. Prior to joining the association, he owned a real estate firm in Fargo, N.D. In 1977, Lembke was named North Dakota's outstanding Realtor of the year.

He was a Burleigh County commissioner from 1986 to 2006 and was president of the North Dakota County Commissioners Association in 1992. He was a member of the North Dakota committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and was an executive committee member and chairman of the Bismarck Mandan Economic Development Association.

Lembke was born and raised in Germany. He earned an associate degree from the Landwirtschaft Schule agricultural college in Niebuell, Germany. In 1965, he came to the United States to farm with an uncle near Fargo and became a U.S. citizen in 1970.   

•Grant Shaft, Grand Forks, N.D., was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education in 2007. His four-year term on the board will run through June 30, 2011.

Shaft is a partner in the law firm of Shaft, Reis and Shaft, Ltd., in Grand Forks, N.D. He has been an active member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar Associations of North Dakota and Minnesota. He was a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1986 to 1990.

A native of Grand Forks, Shaft is a graduate of Red River High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in 1983 and a juris doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1986.

•The Council of College Faculties elected Jon Jackson, Ph.D., 2008-09 faculty advisor to the State Board of Higher Education and re-elected him to a second one-year term, which will end June 30, 2010.

Jackson is in his 12th year on the faculty of anatomy and cell biology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, N.D. He has served two terms as a member of CCF and is the immediate past chair of the UND University Senate.

Jackson is the only American anatomist who serves in a leadership capacity with all three major North American anatomical science organizations (American Association of Anatomists, Human Anatomy & Physiology Society and the American Association of Clinical Anatomists). He currently teaches human anatomy to undergraduate, graduate and medical students, as well as courses in scientific writing, responsible conduct of research and the history of science.

Jackson earned bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biology from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and master's and doctoral degrees from UND. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in cell biology/biochemistry at Vanderbilt University and served on the medical faculty there before pursuing teaching and business opportunities in the San Francisco Bay area.

The source for much of this information was the ND?State Board of Higher Ed website.