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Applications sought to fill vacancy on North Dakota Board of Higher Education

BISMARCK -- Applications are open for a vacancy on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.

The spot was vacated by new federal judge Dan Traynor, who resigned his position effective Friday, Jan. 3.

The U.S. Senate in December, confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Traynor, a Devils Lake attorney, as a federal district judge in North Dakota. As a result of his confirmation, Traynor resigned.

North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is chairwoman of the SBHE’s candidate nominating committee, which has responsibility for recommending potential board appointments to Gov. Doug Burgum.

North Dakotans who are interested in succeeding Traynor on the state board should submit applications by Tuesday, March 3. Applicants must fill out a one-page form, provide a resume and supply no more than six letters of recommendation. Late applications will not be accepted.

“Serving on any board is challenging, but it is also rewarding,” Baesler said. “I speak from experience that serving on a board that deals with students’ future, and their education, is enormously rewarding.”

The nominating committee’s other members are Chief Justice Jon Jensen; Nick Archuleta, president of North Dakota United; state Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, who is the Senate’s president pro tempore; and North Dakota House Speaker Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck.

Members of the Board of Higher Education are normally chosen for four-year terms. The person who succeeds Traynor will serve the two and a half years remaining on his term, which ends on June 30, 2022.

Board members may be appointed to two consecutive terms. Traynor’s successor would be eligible for reappointment to one full four-year term.

The board oversees the operation of the North Dakota University System, which includes six four-year universities and five two-year colleges.

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