2021-22 Presidential Search

The North Dakota University System has launched a search for the next president of the North Dakota State College of Science.

The new NDSCS president will succeed Dr. John Richman, who retired from the College on Dec. 17, 2021. The person selected for the presidency will assume office by July 2022.

Dr Rod Flanigan


March 31 Schedule

State Board of Higher Education - March 31 Meeting

On March 31, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) will hold their regularly scheduled meeting at NDSCS (Wahpeton). During that meeting they will interview the three finalists for the NDSCS Presidency, it is anticipated the NDSCS President will be named in the early afternoon. For an agenda for that meeting, please click here

The SBHE Meeting will be held in the Alley of the Hektner Student Center. This meeting is open to the public, limited seating will be available; the meeting is also live-streamed and can be accessed by clicking here

Presidential Welcome Reception

Additionally, the NDSCS College Community is invited to a Welcome Reception for the new president at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 in the Red River Valley Room in the Hektner Student Center. This will be an opportunity for our employees, students, and other stakeholders to greet and meet our incoming president. 

Search Profile

The NDSCS Presidential Search Profile is available here


The tentative NDSCS presidential search timeline includes:

October 25, 2021: NDSCS President search is launched.

October 25, 2021 - January 3, 2022: AGB search consultants recruit candidates, receive inquiries, applications, and nominations.

January 20, 2022: Search committee meeting

February 28 - March 8, 2022: Top candidates meet on campus with various internal and external constituencies.

March 8, 2022: Final meeting of the search committee.

March 31, 2022: North Dakota State Board of Higher Education interviews finalists and appoints next president of NDSCS.

On or about July 1, 2022: NDSCS President assumes office. 

Search Committee

Meeting Agenda and Minutes

All agendas and minutes from the NDSCS Presidential Search Committee meetings are available on the North Dakota University System website here


Co-chairing the NDSCS Presidential Search Committee are Jeffry Volk, State Board of Higher Education member, and Terry Marohl, NDSCS associate professor and transportation department chair. 

Other committee members include: 

  • Amanda Edwards, NDSCS student
  • Keith Johnson, NDSCS chief financial officer
  • Steve Johnson, NDSCS associate professor and cluster chair for manufacturing technologies
  • Kelly Hubrig, wealth advisor at Bell Investments and NDSCS alumnus
  • Don Shilling, chairman of General Equipment and Supplies, Inc.
  • Leslie Shirek, NDSCS academic program outreach specialist
  • Tom Shorma, president of WCCO Belting, Inc.
  • Deb Smith, NDSCS associate professor and department chair for nursing

Ex-officio members of the committee include NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott and Lake Region State College President Doug Darling.  

The search committee represents a broad spectrum of NDSCS stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the business community. Starting the search now ensures the process is aligned with the hiring cycle of campus executives.

NDSCS 10th President

Rod L. Flanigan, Ph.D.

Rod FlainganDr. Rod Flanigan has spent his entire career successfully building, leading and guiding organizations in industry, education, and non-profits. As a first-generation college student, he spent his early college years going to school and working as a machinist at a small machine shop. The foundational skills and strong work ethic learned in this environment served as the cornerstone of his professional career as he began as a Manufacturing Engineer at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) working on the Apache Attack Helicopter program. He later transitioned into the fluid power industry where he progressed through increasingly more responsible positions, including Vice President and General Manager of a fluid power distributor. Dr. Flanigan led his business unit through difficult economic conditions and became a top leader in the company, while also guiding and directing other corporate activities such as mergers and acquisitions. It was during this time he earned an MBA from the top ranked Executive MBA program at the University of Utah.

With his unique combination of entrepreneurial skills and proven business acumen, Dr. Flanigan started his own company in 2005. Under Rod's leadership, the company grew quickly and soon became a well-respected power transmission consultant and distribution company in the entire intermountain region (UT, ID, CO, WY). During this same time Rod began his journey through the doctoral process at Utah State University (USU). While managing his growing company, taking doctoral classes, and teaching at USU, Rod was also serving his community as a City Council member. In 2011, the company that Dr. Flanigan founded was sold to a private investor. 

After over 25 years working in industry, Dr. Flanigan took his industry experience, and passion to help others, to the classroom and became an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) in the Industrial Distribution program. He quickly advanced to become the Director of the program and using the relationship building skills he had developed in industry began adding industry partners to the program, all of whom provided financial  support for the program. Under Dr. Flanigan's leadership the program added student scholarships, established an endowed faculty fund, and continued building laboratory resources through corporate donations. While at UNK, Rod was a governing board member for the Power Transmission Distributors Association Foundation, as well as the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), which is the accrediting body for many 2-year and 4-year technical programs in higher education. In 2016, Dr. Flanigan was promoted to Associate professor, and in 2017 he was awarded full tenure within the University of Nebraska system. 

Continuing his passion for Career and Technical Education (CTE), Dr. Flanigan accepted the offer to become Dean of Business and Technology (B & T) at Cochise College in 2018. As Dean of B & T, he is responsible for the vision, direction, and leadership of a wide range of programs including, Welding, Cybersecurity, Automotive, Business, Culinary, Building Trades programs, and many others. While at Cochise College Dr. Flanigan and his team have built programs, created novel stackable degrees and certificates, increased enrollment, developed new assessment tools for prior learning (PLA), and pioneered a new instructional modality at the institution. 

In addition to his Ph.D. from Utah State University, and MBA from the University of Utah, Dr. Flanigan has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, and an associate's degree from Kishwaukee College. He and his wife are sports enthusiasts, and the proud grandparents of five grandchildren (with one on the way). His greatest source of joy in life is watching his children and grandchildren grow, learn, develop, and find their own path to success. 

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Contact Information

AGB Search
1133 20th St NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Email: info@agbsearch.com

North Dakota University System
State Capitol – 600 E Boulevard Ave – Dept. 215
Bismarck ND 58505-0230
Email: ndus.office@ndus.edu