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New chancellor takes office


The North Dakota University System welcomes its new leadership Wednesday morning as Dr. Mark Hagerott formally assumes duties as the new Chancellor. Hagerott takes over for Dr. Larry C. Skogen, who served as Acting and then Interim Chancellor since 2013.

Hagerott was named Chancellor by a unanimous vote of the State Board of Higher Education in April, which concluded the months-long search to find the right leadership for the system.

As part of his initial work, Hagerott plans to hold Listening Sessions throughout the state to hear legislative, business and community leaders’ thoughts and ideas about the state’s higher education system. 

“I believe having strong lines of communications is of utmost importance,” Hagerott said. “The end goal of every stakeholder within the state’s higher education system should be to create the best environment possible for student success. In order to help foster that, I want to hear what our state’s leaders have in mind; I want to hear what their concerns are so that we are able to move forward together in a working partnership.”

Hagerott added that he felt the transition with Skogen had helped to begin bringing him up to speed. He saw the challenges that the system and state have faced in the past as an opportunity for growth.

“We can assess the changing demands of higher education and change with the need,” Hagerott said. “We want our students and the workforce to have the strongest possible foundation of knowledge. My aim is to work with the legislature, campuses, students, business leaders and other stakeholders to ensure success.”

Skogen said he is confident that his successor will be able to take on the duties successfully.

“Dr. Hagerott has a history of public sector leadership in the Navy and as a civilian,” Skogen said. “I believe the Board made a great choice in April and that Mark possesses the right mixture of talent, experience and open-mindedness to guide higher education into a bright future.”

A fourth-generation North Dakotan, Hagerott most recently served as the senior civilian and deputy director of the Center for Cyber Security Studies at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, a position he’d held for the past seven years. Before that, he was the dean of humanities and social sciences, special assistant to the provost, chair of the admissions board, and leadership of senior faculty senate committees pertaining to assessment and accreditation.