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Presidential Search

About the Search

BSC Presidential Search ProfileThe North Dakota University System (NDUS) has launched a search for the next president of Bismarck State College (BSC).

The new BSC president will succeed Larry S. Skogen, who will retire on June 30, 2020.

Co-chairing the BSC Presidential Search Committee are Tim Mihalick, member of the SBHE and Dan Leingang, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The next president is anticipated to begin on or about July 1, 2020.
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The Opportunity

The State Board of Higher Education for the North Dakota University System and the Bismarck State College (BSC) community invite applications for the position of President. The State Board and Chancellor have charged the search committee to identify an energetic and engaging leader. This successful candidate will lead the institution as BSC expands its mission toward a polytechnic model while embracing and deepening the college’s proud and successful community college offerings which include technical degrees and transfer options.

The president of Bismarck State College serves as the chief executive officer for the state’s third largest higher education institution, one of 11 within the North Dakota University System. The president reports to the chancellor and the Board of Higher Education.

The president directly oversees the vice presidents of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Finance & Operations, and College Advancement (who also serves as executive director of the BSC Foundation). The athletics director, the Chief Human Resources and Chief College Relations officers, and the executive assistant for the President’s Office also report directly to the President.

The successful candidate will succeed retiring President Larry C. Skogen. Dr. Skogen became president of Bismarck State College on March 1, 2007.  He is the college’s sixth leader over the course of its 80-year history.

The next president will begin on, or before, July 1, 2020.


The successful candidate should possess most, if not all, of the following characteristics:


  • Demonstrated commitment to student access, achievement, and retention
  • Understanding and appreciation for the values, trends and needs of 21st century students
  • An attitude of open, honest, mutual respect in discussion and action
  • Ability to forge partnerships and connect with alumni, the community, and private sector
  • Ability to leverage the synergies found in post-secondary education, secondary education, workforce and all levels of government
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through intentional partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and community

Communicating and Listening

  • Ability to relate to students, campus, and community stakeholders
  • Ability to motivate and invigorate staff, faculty and students around a purpose or vision
  • Ability to use a process of active listening and fair assessment to make decisions
  • Willingness to take measured risks and engage in creative problem solving
  • Connection and commitment to the culture, values, and attributes of the upper Midwest
  • Understanding of the college’s impact on the cultural fabric of the community through activities such as athletics, enrichment programming and the arts


  • Support for a diverse approach to education including the need for multiple modalities of instruction
  • Commitment to academic freedom
  • Demonstrated advocacy for students, faculty and staff
  • Strong understanding of large, complex budgets and fiscal responsibility
  • Value for strategic visioning, planning, and informed, data-based decision making leading to student success

Minimum Qualifications

  • Progressively responsible administrative experience
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution

Preferred Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution
  • Senior leadership experience in a higher education setting, as well as teaching experience
  • Leadership experience in a community college offering baccalaureate degree options

The successful candidate should be committed to working effectively in a statewide system of higher education (North Dakota University System) and with a statewide governing board (State Board of Higher Education).

Nominations and Applications

To assure best consideration, nominations and applications should be received by January 10, 2020.

The application must include:

  • A letter of interest of not more than three pages
  • A current résumé (or curriculum vitae)
  • The names of five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

The BSC Presidential Search is being coordinated internally through BSC Human Resources.

Nominations and applications should be sent electronically to (MS Word or PDF format).

Search leads may be contacted at 701-224-5427,, or