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Johnson named Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs

BISMARCK, N.D. – Lisa Johnson has taken on responsibilities as the system’s top academic officer being named interim vice chancellor of academic and student affairs for the North Dakota University System.

 The position will fill the need after former Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Richard Rothaus accepted another position outside the system earlier this month.

Johnson previously served as the director of academic affairs, which included overseeing policies relating to transfer students, distance education and veterans.

She began her undergraduate studies at Minot State University while serving in the United State Air Force. She completed associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees from the College of Business at Minot State University.

Johnson served as a university registrar at Minot State University for six years and was instrumental in planning and transitioning to the current student information system. She worked as grant writer with the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities before joining the University System in 2009.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said Johnson would be an exemplary fit for the position.

“Ms. Johnson brings extensive expertise across the wealth of diverse topics that exist under the Academic and Student Affairs umbrellas,” Hagerott said. “Her willingness to assume yet more duties in service of our state and the larger NDUS speaks volumes about her passion for education and dedication to this role.”

The North Dakota University System is a unified system of higher education governed by the State Board of Higher Education. Organized in 1990, the system includes two research universities, four regional universities and five community colleges.

The mission of the State Board of Higher Education and the Chancellor of the North Dakota University System is to guide higher education in the state by enhancing the quality of life, social and economic vitality of all served by its unified system of 11 public colleges and universities.

Minot State University is a public university dedicated to excellence in education, scholarship, and community engagement achieved through rigorous academic experiences, active learning environments, commitment to public service, and a vibrant campus life.

Published: 06/26/18

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