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“We want to listen to the needs of students, faculty, staff and the community, and we want to make sure we get an understanding of where we and how we can create a governance system that allows our higher education to be nimble and dynamic at a time of dramatic change.”
Doug Burgum, North Dakota Governor

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Governor Burgum gives State of the State at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

MINOT, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum addressed North Dakota in his first-ever State of the State Address in front of a standing room only audience at Minot State University’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall Tuesday morning.

Burgum and Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford both spoke at the event, covering multiple topics throughout the state of North Dakota. It's the first non-legislative session address by a governor since 2002’s State of the State by then governor John Hoeven.

On Tuesday, the first-term governor, the state’s 33rd overall, reflected on North Dakota’s challenges and collective accomplishments during his first year in office.

Burgum announced plans to tour all 11 of North Dakota’s public colleges and universities in 2018 – starting today with a tour of Minot State University. The newly established Task Force for Higher Education Governance continues to assess if changes are necessary to the nearly 80-year-old governance structure to ensure higher education meets the state’s educational and workforce needs for the 21st century.

“We want to listen to the needs of students, faculty, staff and the community, and we want to make sure we get an understanding of where we and how we can create a governance system that allows our higher education to be nimble and dynamic at a time of dramatic change,” he said.

Along with the tour of MSU’s campus, Burgum met with Minot State students, faculty and staff, and community leaders during sessions following the State of the State Address.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Lt. Governor Brent Sanford

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Published: 01/23/18



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