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UND president Kennedy works to be collaborative in budget process

GRAND FORKS, N.D.—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy told the North Dakota Legislature's Interim Higher Education Committee that UND is continuing to work collaboratively on both the university and the athletics budget.

Kennedy put the athletics department on notice Tuesday when he wrote in an email the department missed its budget by $1.4 million last year. In the email, Kennedy said he would re-examine the number of sports at UND and its conference participation.

The president has named Laurie Betting, interim vice president for student affairs, and Dana Harsell, chair of the University Senate, as co-chairs for the university's planning process, and, as a companion to that process, asked a subgroup of the elected Intercollegiate Athletics Committee to examine the athletics department budget.

UND must slash $5.9 million more from its budget after a 2.5 percent allotment was ordered by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. The school previously had to cut $12.6 million earlier this year.

"Collaboration takes time," Kennedy said. "Everybody wants to have the answers right now, and I can try to give you the answers right now but that's not going to stick at a university. That's why both with athletics and the strategic plan (we) are going to take the time to do it collaboratively so that these are UND's answers and not Mark Kennedy's answers."

EERC sees significant gains

The Energy and Environmental Research Center saw significant revenue growth this year, its CEO said in a presentation to the North Dakota Legislature's Interim Higher Education Committee.

In its most recent fiscal year, the EERC was awarded more than $36.5 million in new contracts, a 28.5 percent increase over the previous year and a 49 percent increase from 2014.

Total contract expenditures exceeded $31 million — a 7.5 percent increase — and the EERC submitted 150 proposals worth $67.4 million to organizations worldwide.

Over the past 12 months, the EERC also has hired 11 full-time employees.

Wade Rupard

Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 

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