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Larry Skogen

Larry Skogen, president of Bismarck State College.

The State Board of Higher Education has approved hiring a consultant to assist in the search for the next president of Bismarck State College.

The board held a special meeting via conference call Thursday to discuss, among other items, the next steps in finding BSC President Larry Skogen's replacement. Skogen announced last week he is retiring effective June 30, 2020.

The board voted unanimously to allow University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott, in consultation with leaders of BSC and the board, as well as the board's governance committee, to hire a consultant.

The estimated cost of the search, including consultant fees and search committee expenses, is between $80,000 and $100,000, according to information presented to the board. BSC will pay all costs of the search.

Hagerott proposed the motion to hire a consultant "to get the ball rolling" so that this fall the search process could continue, including holding listening sessions with BSC students, faculty, staff and community members.

"That very much aligns with the typical cycle (of a presidential search), and then hire someone by March and then they get in there by July," Hagerott said.

Board Chairman Nick Hacker said after the meeting that a presidential search committee also will be formed, presumably in the next couple of months. The search committee will include student, staff, alumni and community leaders.

The search committee likely will begin to review candidates in the fall, he said.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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