University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

President Kelley appoints search committee for New Vice President for University and Public Affairs

President Robert O. Kelley has appointed a search committee to help find UND’s new Vice President for University and Public Affairs.

Joshua Wynne, vice president for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will chair the search committee. The search committee is charged with identifying a short list of highly qualified candidates for consideration by President Kelley.

The search committee includes:

  • Joshua Wynne, vice president for Health Affairs, dean and professor of Medicine, chair
  • Melissa Gjellstad, assistant professor, Languages
  • Brandi Jewett, student and editor, Dakota Student
  • Peter Johnson, executive associate vice president for University Relations
  • Sarah Kotelnicki, director of alumni relations, Alumni Association
  • Cynthia Lindquist, UND alumna, and president, Cankdeska Cikana Community College
  • Michael Moore, associate vice president, Division of Research and Economic Development
  • Timothy Pasch, assistant professor, English
  • Roger Reierson, president and chairman, Flint Communications
  • Mac Schneider, UND alumni, attorney, and North Dakota state senator

The Vice President for University and Public Affairs will oversee the Office of University Relations, and the functions of internal and external communication and governmental affairs. The position will endeavor to enhance coordination between the activities of several offices and to leverage synergies that are created to enhance UND’s presence and reputation across all key constituencies. Areas that the Vice President will oversee include: marketing, public and media relations, visitor/alumni liaison, ceremonies and special events, media services, government and community relations.

The committee’s initial organizational meeting is scheduled for Oct. 31. Wynne hopes that the committee will be able to recommend candidates to President Kelley by the end of February. It is anticipated that the new Vice President for University and Public Affairs will be in place no later than July, 2012.


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