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Two new applications turned in for UND presidency; both from ND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Two more people have applied to be the University of North Dakota's next president. Minot State University President Steven Shirley's application was submitted to the UND Presidential Search Committee Tuesday evening. Shirley...

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Two more people have applied to be the University of North Dakota’s next president.

Minot State University President Steven Shirley's application was submitted to the UND Presidential Search Committee Tuesday evening.

Shirley has been president at Minot State University since July 2014 and was the president of Valley City State University for about six years before that.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College President Cynthia Lindquist submitted her application shortly before noon Wednesday. She has been CCCC's president for 13 years and worked for UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences prior to that.

CCCC is a tribal college in Fort Totten, N.D.

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Shirley and Lindquist are the only two sitting institution presidents to apply for the job. They are both UND alumni.

The search committee selected 15 of 41 applicants for in-person interviews at a meeting last week. At that time, the decision was made to continue accepting applications up until the in-person interviews, starting Monday.

However, in a message from State Board of Higher Education spokeswoman Billie Jo Lorius, Hesham El-Rewini, the search committee's co-chair, implemented a cutoff date of noon Wednesday for "logistical reasons."

The search committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday) by phone to decide whether to consider the two applications, as they came in past the original Jan. 4 deadline. Four other applications came in past that date, and the search committee voted to consider all of them and selected three for in-person interviews.

Robert Kelley retired from his post as UND president in mid-January and was replaced in the interim by former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer.

The search committee plans to forward at least three applicants to the full State Board in March, which has final hiring authority, and have a new president take office in July 2016.

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