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Higher Education Notebook: UND seeks input on search for dean of medical school

Members of a University of North Dakota committee are seeking input as they search for a new dean for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Fargo constituents can provide feedback in two open forums this week. One is set for noon Monday in ...

Members of a University of North Dakota committee are seeking input as they search for a new dean for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Fargo constituents can provide feedback in two open forums this week.

One is set for noon Monday in the UND Medial Education Center at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Campus, 1919 N. Elm St. It's in the UND Auditorium and is open to all health care stakeholders.

The second session is at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S., in Mezzanine 4.

Members of the search committee are gathering suggestions as they develop a profile for the dean position, who also will be vice president for health affairs. The draft profile is available at www.und.edu/ smhssearch.

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The search committee's goal is for a new dean to begin July 1.

Former UND Dean H. David Wilson announced in December 2008 that he was resigning at the end of that school year. He is now dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita campus.

Joshua Wynne is serving as interim dean and vice president.

Grad School fair

North Dakota State University's Graduate School will host an information fair this week about the benefits of graduate education.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Memorial Union Great Room. It's free and open to the public.

Presentations will be offered every hour in the Memorial Union Prairie Room.

At 10 a.m., David Wittrock, dean of the Graduate School, will talk about trends in graduate education.

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At 11 a.m., Charlene Wolf-Hall, assistant dean of the Graduate School, will discuss benefits of getting an advanced degree.

At noon, NDSU graduate students will lead a question-and-answer session. A 1 p.m. session will cover funding graduate school.

College readiness

The Center for College Readiness at Minnesota State Community and Technical College has received an additional

$1.1 million in funding.

The center, in Detroit Lakes, provides curriculum for teachers and students statewide in grades 8 through 12 to improve college readiness.

It targets students who are first-generation college students, low-income students or students of color.

The center was created in 2008 with a $2.2 million grant from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The additional funding from MnSCU will allow the center to further develop the programs.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com

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