Burgum endorses two-board higher ed governance structure

Published 02-05-2019

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is endorsing legislation that would have the state change its higher education governance structure from one board to two.

Burgum testified Tuesday before the House Education Committee. The two-board proposal is a shift from a three-board panel that a task force formed by the governor had recommended.

The two-board plan has a single board for North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. The remaining nine institutions would be governed by another board.

Burgum says multiple boards would allow the North Dakota's 11 colleges and universities "to more quickly respond to the needs of the state."

Any changes would require voters to approve a constitutional amendment.

The House committee did not take immediate action on the bill Tuesday.

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