Tim Mihalick, Co-Chair
was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education to fill the remainder of an open term vacated by a previous member. Mihalick was also appointed to a four-year term (2019-2023) beginning July 2019.
Mihalick is employed at First Western Bank & Trust as a Senior Vice President responsible for Business Development and Facilities. Prior to that, he was part of IRET and its affiliated companies for over 36 years before his retirement. He served as the President and CEO during his last eight years at IRET. Throughout the years, he has been involved in numerous civic organizations dedicated to Minot’s betterment. He currently serves on the board of the Minot Family YMCA; current member and past chair of the MSU Board of Regents, and he is a past board member of Trinity Health.
Ohio native Mihalick attended Minot State University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1981. During his college career, he played football for four years and participated in track for two. He was inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the MSU Alumni Golden Award in 2014.
He and his wife, Laura, have been married for 36 years and are partners in their conviction to civic engagement. Laura is a member of the Minot Public School Board. The Mihalicks have two adult children living in Minot, ND.
Dan Leingang, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Dr. Dan Leingang
has dedicated more than 20 years to higher education in a variety of teaching and leadership roles. He currently serves as Bismarck State College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs by working closely with administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure high quality programming leading to student success.
Dr. Leingang began teaching mathematics at BSC in 2000 and has assumed various leadership roles throughout his time at the College. He has been recognized for outstanding teaching by BSC and the Association of Community College Trustees with recognition for outstanding advising from Phi Theta Kappa.
Dr. Leingang studied mathematics and economics at Concordia College and has earned a M.S. in mathematics from the University of North Dakota as well as a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, where his research interests were grounded in student engagement.
Born and raised in Mandan, he is highly engaged within the campus and community, searching for ways to build a sense of belonging for those around him.
Chancellor Mark R. Hagerott, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark R. Hagerott is Chancellor for the North Dakota University System.
Prior to his move back home to North Dakota, Dr. Hagerott served on the faculty and held numerous academic leadership roles at the United States Naval Academy. He also served as a planning and strategy director in one of the largest U.S. Army educational organizations, NATO Training Mission, which included the Afghanistan army, police, air force, and medical school programs. Hagerott served as distinguished professor and deputy director of the Center for Cyber Security Studies at the Naval Academy and served on the Defense Science Board summer study of unmanned systems 2014-2015. He is a commissioner on the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Chancellor Hagerott’s research and writing are focused on the evolution of technology, education, and changes in technical career paths, and he is the author of multiple articles and book chapters, with a recent emphasis on unmanned systems. He served as a non-resident cyber Fellow of the New America Foundation, 2015-2017.
Prior to his transition to an academic career path, Hagerott held numerous leadership positions in the U.S. Navy, both aboard ships and in administrative positions in the Department of Defense. A certified naval nuclear engineer in power generation and distribution, he served as chief engineer for a major environmental project defueling of two atomic reactors. Hagerott also ran tactical data networks for the Navy and rose to ship command prior to his career in higher education. He also served in both Bush administrations, as a White House Fellow in the first Bush administration; and in the office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense in the second Bush administration.
Hagerott holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.A. in political science and economics from Oxford University where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. in history from University of Maryland.
The chancellor hails from a multi-generation North Dakota family of farmers and energy producers. The Hagerott-Brandenburg family homesteaded in Center and Mandan before statehood, where his father continues work on the fourth-generation farm, and his mother’s family came with the first Bakken oil boom.
Alan LaFave, Ph.D.
Dr. Alan LaFave formally began his service as President of Valley City State University on Dec. 17, 2018. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. He holds the DMA and MM in clarinet performance from Arizona State University and the BME in instrumental/vocal music form Northern State University.
LaFave began his work at NSU in 1991 as a faculty member and director of bands, then assuming the positions of chair of the music and theatre departments, associate dean of fine arts, interim dean of graduate and extended studies, and dean of the school of fine arts. Prior to his teaching and administrative experience at Northern, Dr. LaFave taught at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, Arizona State University, Tempe, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix and Central High School, Aberdeen, SD. He has performed, conducted and adjudicated throughout the United States and Canada, including 14 states and 3 provinces.
Alicia Uhde, Department Chair in the National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE) Division at BSC, joined BSC in August of 2004. She earned her A.S, at BSC, B.S. at South Dakota State University and MBA at University of Mary.
As a NECE Department Chair, she oversees 3 of the 11 AAS programs and 1 BAS in Energy Management program in addition to numerous non-credit and industry training initiatives.
Uhde is serving the Search Committee as a staff representative. As an alumni of BSC, she has an appreciation for affordable, quality education and is committed to finding a candidate whom will carry forward the mission of BSC while keeping the values of our students, employees and stakeholders at the forefront.
Ashley Mattson is an Admissions Counselor at Bismarck State College and has been at BSC for five years. Her passion and dedication to BSC and student success has led her to serve on BSC Staff Senate as President, as well as leading the Dakota Association for College Admission Counseling as Executive Director. Mattson has two small children and a husband that keep her busy and on her toes. When she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys crafting and party planning.
Courtney Bernhardt is the Administrative Assistant for Continuing Education and TrainND. In this position Bernhardt provides consistent support for the Director of Continuing Education and TrainND, as well as the entire division. Bernhardt also serves as coordinator and point of contact for CNA State Testing and is a Staff Senate Senator. Bernhardt has been with Bismarck State College for 5 years.
Dean Bellin is an Associate Professor of Technical Theatre at Bismarck State College. While at BSC, Bellin has received the 2012 Faculty Award for Excellence. Also, for his work at BSC, Bellin has been recognized by the Kennedy Center – American College Theatre Festival for achievement in Scenic and Lighting Design.
Bellin works as designer, consultant, and educational professional across the region. He has worked in the construction and entertainment fields for the past 20 years. He works across many media including theatre, live event, house of worship, film, and television. He is an active participant in the region’s arts community having worked with Dakota Stage, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Capitol Shakespeare, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts, and the LaMoure County Summer Musical Theatre among many other organizations.
Bellin is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a BFA in Technical Theatre and a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with an MFA in Theatre – Design.
Debra Gallagher served as the CEO of Capital Credit Union for 25 years, retiring in 2019. Gallagher is a native of Bismarck. She was actively involved in various credit union organizations throughout her career and served in various roles as a community volunteer. Gallagher continues to serve on the North Dakota State Credit Union Board, and as a Trustee for the Bismarck State College Foundation. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Bismarck Junior College, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration and Master of Management from the University of Mary.
Jason Herner is an Account Manager at High Point Networks with 26 years of industry experience. He started with the Company in 2006 as a Network/Systems Engineer and moved into Account Management where his main responsibilities are helping our customers purchase and use technology. Previously, Herner spent his career in IT and management related positions in the Banking industry. Herner is a Bismarck State College graduate and also currently serves on BSC’s Computer & Office Technology Advisory Board and CyberCon Planning Committee.
Lee Friese was hired at BSC in January of 1997 as a contract instructor for General Motors after teaching at UTTC for two years. He spent four and a half years in the automotive industry after receiving an AAS degree in Automotive Technology and Architectural Drafting from NDSCS. Friese is an Associate Professor of Automotive Technology. He has also served as the Department Chair for the Transportation and Construction Department since 2001. Along with managing the ND SkillsUSA state contest, he has served on various committees on campus including the Live Cycle of a Student, Assessment, Vice Presidential Search, and Advising AQUIP committees.
He stayed busy after school serving in the ND Army National Guard for 23 years. Using his Architectural Drafting skills, he started LG Homes Construction in 2008. Friese enjoys spending time with his two daughters, who have also attended BSC.
Marko Davinic, Ph. D.
Dr. Marko Davinic is a fourth-year assistant professor of agriculture, technology and natural resources at Bismarck State College, where he teaches plant, soils and agricultural economics courses. In addition to teaching, Davinic oversees the Bismarck State College Ag Club and ag department promotional activities.
Davinic holds a B.S. degree in biology/microbiology from North Western State University of Louisiana, an M.B.A. degree in finance and statistics from Rawls College of Business, an M.Sc. degree in microbiology and a Ph.D. degree in a plant and soil science from Texas Tech University.
His professional goal is to educate future farmers and other agricultural professionals of proper management decisions that will lead to greater soil health and ecosystem functionality, and subsequently increase overall productivity and sustainability of agriculture in North Dakota.
Nicole Myers is from Bismarck, North Dakota and graduated from Legacy High School in 2018. During her senior year of high school, she decided she wanted to major in Social Work. She has always been someone who wants to help others, no matter what the circumstances. Fall of 2019 will be her last semester at Bismarck State College and then she will be transferring to Minot State University and start in the Spring of 2020. Currently, she is the Secretary Treasurer for Student Government Association, and also the President of Leadership in Phi Theta Kappa. She loves being involved with these organizations and volunteering her time to help those who attend BSC feel involved and heard.