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Port: UND should absolutely consider Heidi Heitkamp for president

File photo of Heidi Heitkamp answering a question posed by the Grand Forks Herald editorial board on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service

One way or another, UND President Mark Kennedy is gone.

“You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here,” is a phrase I’m sure you’re familiar with if you’ve ever stayed until closing time at a bar. That’s pretty much where Kennedy is at. He may or may not get a new job in Colorado – he’s now seems to have the state’s governor as an opponent – but it’s pretty clear he can’t stay in North Dakota.

That bridge has been burned. My advice is to let Kennedy’s current contract, which expires in June of 2020, expire while UND searches for a new leader.

The question is, who should that new leader be?

Recently my colleague Mike McFeely suggested former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

I suspect McFeely, as is often the case, wasn’t being serious. Still he chanced upon a suggestion worth taking seriously, even if he was just trying to troll North Dakota’s right-of-center public.

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