UND presidential search committee to revisit eliminated application, Group will discuss reconsideration of candidate Cynthia Lindquist

GRAND FORKS -- A candidate for the University of North Dakota's president position is getting a second look after her application was dismissed last week.


GRAND FORKS -- A candidate for the University of North Dakota's president position is getting a second look after her application was dismissed last week.

The application for Cynthia Lindquist, president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College, will be reconsidered at the request of North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott, according to a revised agenda sent out by the NDUS on Sunday.

Lindquist was eliminated from consideration during the search committee's conference call Thursday.

Lindquist's application came in after the original Jan. 4 deadline, prompting the Thursday conference call. During that meeting, another late applicant, Minot State President Steven Shirley, was invited to an in-person interview, while Lindquist was denied.

Committee members cited the size of Lindquist's institution, a tribal college in Fort Totten, N.D., on the Spirit Lake reservation, as the reason for taking her out of the running. The college had 251 students enrolled in the fall semester of 2013-14 school year, according to its website, which committee members said would make for too big of a jump to one of the state's two research institutions. UND has about 15,000 students.


Lindquist and Shirley were the only two sitting presidents to apply for UND's top job, and she was one of three women to apply for the post.

Lindquist, a UND alumna, has been CCCC's president for 13 years and worked for UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences prior to that.

The committee will reconsider Lindquist's application Monday before 16 candidates are scheduled to interview with the committee over the course of two days.

On Monday, Kody Varahramyan, Jay Noren, Mark Kennedy, Ronald Elsenbaumer, Robert Kennedy, Mark Rudin, Daniel Clay, Ray Purpur and Morgan Olsen will all interview for the post. The following day will see Timothy Greene, Rodney Hanley, Robert Beatty, Nagi Naganathan, Helena Wisniewski, Allen Lee Sessoms and Steve Shirley interview.

After interviews, the committee will identify semi-finalists, who will be invited for on-campus interviews between Feb. 11 and March 3. When asked how many candidates the committee would invite for on-campus interviews, Hesham El-Rewini, the search committee's co-chairman, said on Thursday it could be between four and six, but they could be a "bit liberal on that part."

While the committee searches for Robert Kelley's successor, former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer is leading the university as an interim president.

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