FARGO — The board of directors at Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (LSSND) has selected Eric Monson as the agency's interim chief executive officer, effective Jan. 15.

Monson will serve in this role from CEO Jessica Thomasson's departure on Jan. 31, until a new CEO takes over the position. Thomasson, who has served as CEO since 2014, has accepted a new position as director of community inclusion for the North Dakota Department of Human Services, effective Feb. 1.

Monson is currently a director at Sagency, Fargo, where he specializes in board development, engagement and strategy. He brings more than 30 years of leadership and executive-board experience, and has headed teams at Lutheran Health Systems, Banner Health System and Novus, LLC. Most recently, he oversaw the growth of the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, N.D., and served as CEO of the center's foundation.

Murray Sagsveen, board chair for LSSND, says the board has established a search committee to interview applicants for the CEO position and will begin conducting initial interviews this month.

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