University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Third of three finalists for Vice President for University and Public Affairs to visit campus April 26-27; Open Forum Conversation with Derek Hall is April 26

Derek Hall

Derek Hall

Derek Hall, one of three finalists for the position of Vice President for University and Public Affairs, will visit UND April 26-27. Hall is vice president for University Relations & External Affairs at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fla. The other candidates include:

  • Susan Walton, associate chair for Student Media, Brigham Young University Department of Communications. Walton visited UND April 4-5.
  • Pete Haga, community/governmental relations officer for the City of Grand Forks. Haga visited UND April 10-11.

In addition to meeting with President Robert Kelley and various constituency groups, each candidate will participate in an open forum in the form of a “Great Conversation.” These are open to the University and the greater Grand Forks communities. The open forum conversations include:

  • Derek Hall, Thursday, April 26, 3:15 p.m., Burtness Theatre, moderated by Merrill Piepkorn, North Dakota Public Radio. A reception follows starting at 4 p.m. in the lobby.
  • Walton’s open forum conversation was held April 4, and Haga’s was held April 10.

After the campus visits are complete, the search committee, chaired by Joshua Wynne, vice president for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will recommend finalists to President Robert Kelley.

Since May 2008, Derek Hall has served as the vice president for University and & External Affairs at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. He is responsible for overseeing the management of media relations, publications, web, events, marketing, branding and advertising, institutional research, legislative relations, and community relations. Prior to that, he served as Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management at Jacksonville University, November 2007-April 2008; Associate Vice President of University Marketing & Communications, Jacksonville University, June 2006-November 2007; Associate Vice President of College Marketing & Communications, Utah Valley University, April 2005-May 2006; Director of College Marketing & Communications, Utah Valley University, July 1994-April 2005; Assistant Director of College Relations, Utah Valley University, January 1989-July 1994.

Hall earned an Ed.D. in Education Leadership & Policy, University of Utah, 2006; master's in Mass Communications Theory, Brigham Young University, 1997; and a bachelor's in Public Relations, Brigham Young University, 1989.

-- Peter B. Johnson, executive associate vice president for University Relations, media relations coordinator, 777-4317,

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