Meet the LRSC president candidates

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Doug Darling is one of the candidates under consideration for the position of President of LRSC.

The candidates for LRSC president will be here on Feb. 19 for community meetings and interviews. Meetings with the community will be held in Chautauqua Gallery:

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Dr. Jeremy Brown

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Dr. Doug Darling

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Dr. Jerry Migler

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Dr. Randall Krieg

According to Erin Wood, Director of Marketing and Communications at LRSC, this is an opportunity for the various groups to come up with their own genuine question(s) on what they want to know about each of the candidates. To become more familiar with the candidates, the application materials of each individual is available on the website along with the profile and ad for the position. Candidate’s information can be accessed from the college home page

The NDUS website explains what they’re looking for in a president:

The North Dakota University System seeks an exceptionally visionary and strategic leader to serve as the next president of Lake Region State College. The successful candidate should possess the following:

•Strong commitment to student-centered learning and students' needs;

•Record of success in finances, budgeting, resource generation, and planning;

•Passion for career and technical education, liberal arts transfer programs, and workforce training;

•Understanding of the role remedial education has in the college environment;

•Ability to practice open communication and embrace the culture of the region;

•Appreciation for and supporter of diversity;

•Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;

•Significant senior level administrative/academic experience in the technical and community college arena; and

•Full understanding of and/or experience in a university system.

Leadership opportunities

Lake Region State College is a thriving academic community with a growing enrollment. The traditional, nontraditional, and online student seeks increased curricular opportunities for liberal arts or technical preparation.

NDUS will welcome a system-savvy leader who is an advocate for the college, a leader in the system, and a respected member of the community in which the college is located. Strong entrepreneurial leadership with a students-first focus is required. The new president will find a college demanding of a positive, proactive presence and a caring advocate. She or he must have a voice, an appreciation for change, and an action-speaks- louder-than-words stance. Commitment, change-maker, collaborator, and communicator will be key characteristics for Lake Region State College's leadership. Further, the Chancellor and the Board look forward to welcoming a system team player who displays an understanding of organizational culture, shared governance, and grit.


Founded in 1941, Lake Region State College was first an extension of the public school system in Devils Lake, North Dakota. The erstwhile Devils Lake Junior College and Business School soon developed into a junior college offering liberal arts and business programs. The name of the college was changed from "Junior" to "Community" College in 1981. In 1984, the college became a part of the state system of higher education.

In 1987, Lake Region became affiliated with the University of North Dakota, operating as a branch campus under the name of UND-Lake Region. It maintained that relationship until July 1, 1999, when the college attained independent status within the North Dakota University System as Lake Region State College.


Lake Region State College articulates a five-part mission to its students and to the people of North Dakota.

The college provides academic courses and programs leading to an Associate degree. Courses and programs in vocational and technical career training lead to a certificate of completion, a diploma, or an Associate in Applied Science degree preparing students for an immediate career, advancement in specific occupations, or transfer to an articulated technical baccalaureate program. On behalf of workforce training, the college has developed linkages with businesses, industry, and organizations to encourage economic development.

Further, educational outreach opportunities are available for individuals who are time and/or place-bound.

Finally, the college proudly extends opportunities for continuing and lifelong learning in the form of cultural, educational, occupational, social, athletic, and vocational programs, courses, workshops, and institutes.

North Dakota University System, serves about 4,000 students annually. The college offers more than 20 career and technical education program options, as well as a transfer track which permits students to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree. The college also offers unique programs in American Sign Language and Interpretive Studies, Peace Officer Training, Simulator Technology, and Wind Energy Technician.

Lake Region is committed to helping students balance their priorities, which sometimes include full-time jobs, by offering distance learning, weekend and night classes, and hybrid classes, with online and classroom instruction. Dual enrollment is also available for high school students desiring college credits as a head start on their education.

Lake Region's annual budget is $15.7 million and its primary delivery sites are located in Devils Lake, the Grand Forks Air Base, Mayville State University, and at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. In addition, LRSC leads delivery of workforce training in the northeast quadrant of North Dakota, serving more than 235 businesses each year.

North Dakota University System

The North Dakota University System serves approximately 64,000 students through its 11 campuses around

the state: two world-class research institutions, four outstanding regional universities and five vibrant

community colleges.

Each campus offers different learning and living experiences, and all share a commitment to excellence and

personal and professional growth. Whether students are preparing to provide health care, teach math, manage

businesses, conduct research or overhaul trucks, when they leave the campus they are prepared to be the best

in their fields.

The total budget for the university system is $1.4 billion, and its economic impact on the state of North

Dakota is estimated at $4.4 billion.

The State Board of Higher Education is the policy-setting body for NDUS. The Board consists of seven citizen members appointed to four-year terms by the Governor as well as one student appointed to serve a

one-year term. The Council of College Faculties selects the Board's non-voting faculty adviser, and the NDUS Staff Senate selects the Board's non-voting staff adviser.

Chancellor H.A. Shirvani serves as chief executive officer of the Board and NDUS. The successful candidate for the presidency of Lake Region State College will be appointed by the Board upon the recommendation of the Chancellor, and report directly to the Chancellor.

Of particular note is "Pathways to Student Success," adopted by the State Board in September 2012, which presents Chancellor Shirvani's vision of a "mission-driven system focused on student success."

The plan calls for the implementation of several initiatives that fall under the areas of Access, Quality, Affordability, Learning, and Accountability.