UND President Kennedy to undergo surgery

UND President Mark Kennedy

GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy will be away from the school for a few weeks for a planned medical procedure for his heart, the university said Wednesday.

Kennedy will be out of the office on scheduled medical leave beginning Thursday, Nov. 15. He will return to office on Monday, Dec. 3.

The president will be “having a preventative, minimally invasive, robot-assisted mitral valve repair procedure, which was planned for November for minimal disruption,” the university said in a statement.

UND said he has been working with the vice presidents for coverage while he is gone, as he does whenever he is out of town, following the University’s standard operating procedures.

“While this has never been a challenge for me, I look forward to having even more energy following the procedure,” Kennedy said in a statement on the school University Letter blog