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Governor reappoints Morton to ND Board of Higher Education

BISMARCK - Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday reappointed Microsoft executive Don Morton of Fargo to a second four-year term on the state Board of Higher Education.

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday reappointed Microsoft executive Don Morton of Fargo to a second four-year term on the state Board of Higher Education.

The governor also picked North Dakota State University senior Nick Evans for a one-year term as the board’s student member. Evans will replace University of North Dakota student Brett Johnson, whose term on the eight-member board expires June 30.

Both appointments are effective July 1.

Morton, the site leader at Microsoft’s Fargo campus, has done “an outstanding job,” Dalrymple said in a statement.

Morton’s career in the software industry began in 1999 when he joined Fargo-based Great Plains Software. He was part of the company’s leadership team in 2001 when then-CEO Doug Burgum – who won the Republican primary last week and is widely favored to win the governor’s office in November – led the company through its sale to Microsoft for $1.1 billion.

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Morton had previously held leadership roles at NDSU from 1996 to 1999, serving as associate athletic director and director of university relations.

Evans is majoring in finance with a minor in political science and has been involved in NDSU Student Government, currently serving as executive commissioner of external affairs.

The governor-appointed board consists of seven citizen members and one student member who set policy for the North Dakota University System and oversee the state’s 11 public colleges and universities. It also has a faculty adviser and a staff adviser.

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