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Flakoll Selected to Chair the Northern Plains Ethics Institute Advisory Board

The Northern Plains Ethics Institute (NPEI) has announced that Tim Flakoll has agreed to become the NPEI’s Advisory Board chair. Tim Flakoll serves as Provost for Tri-College University, the partnership between NDSU, MSUM, Concordia College, North Dakota State College of Science and M State. The five campuses have a combined enrollment of approximately 35,000 students. He is also the Director of Operations for NDSU Downtown.

Tim is an alumnus of NDSU, the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and the University of Oxford Executive Education program. Tim served in the North Dakota Senate for 18 years. There he chaired the Education and Agriculture committees for 14 years. He was also selected President Pro Tempore of the Senate. In the Senate, he authored a constitutional amendment to require statements of fiscal impact on initiated measures to improve transparency. He also authored transparency legislation to identify legislators who make open records requests. He was chief author of legislation to provide funding for all day kindergarten, funding for early childhood education, laws for humane treatment of animals and legacy legislation for new funding formulas for K-12 and higher education.

Flakoll’s work has been recognized in a number of ways including with the NDSU Doctor of Service Award, Phi Kappa Phi National Service Award, COVS North Dakota Volunteer of the Year Award, Student Advocate of the Year Award from the ND Student’s Association, Children’s Champion Award from the ND Assoc. for Education of Young Children, two-time NDSU Outstanding Organization Advisor of the Year and three-time recipient of the Preferred Professor Award. Flakoll served as VP and General Manager of the FM RedHawks and during his tenure they were named “Team of the Decade” by Baseball America.

Tim has been active in public service and has held more than 40 offices with various community, regional or national organizations. He recently served as the Chair of Fargo’s Downtown Community Partnership and Chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, a 12-state partnership with more than 4.2 million students. He recently chaired the Council of State Governments MLC representing 11 states, four Canadian Provinces and 82 million people. Flakoll currently is Chair of the FMWF Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. He served as a Missionary to the Country of Slovakia to help rebuild a church school.

The Northern Plains Ethics Institute’s mission is to promote democratic participation in social and ethical issues affecting the Northern Plains and beyond.  The NPEI fulfills its charge by engaging citizens in various discussions focusing on what kind of society they want to live in and how they go about creating it.

A growing need for enhanced democratic participation in society prompted the formation of the Northern Plains Ethics Institute in 1998. Chartered by the North Dakota Board of Higher Education in 2000, the NPEI’s Initiative at NDSU has addressed some very important ethical challenges facing the area and nation, such as the ethics of agriculture, education, political life, health-care, and business.  To address this initiative their work has included many events such as conferences, think tanks, town hall meetings, and public forums covering a wide array of topics pertinent to today’s world. In addition, to help fulfill its mission, the NPEI publishes the Northern Plains Ethics Journal.