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New University of North Dakota president will start work in July

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has extended the time for finding a new president for the University of North Dakota, with a plan for incumbent Charles Kupchella's successor to take office in July.

Kupchella originally wanted to leave UND in early January. But he has agreed to stay through June, board President John Q. Paulsen said Thursday during a board meeting in Minot State University's student union. Kupchella was not present.

A timeline approved by the board Thursday anticipates the UND search committee will finish its work Jan. 28. Paulsen scheduled a board meeting Feb. 4-5 to interview candidates and hire a new president.

Paul LeBel, chairman of UND's presidential search committee, said the later hiring time allows more time to draft a presidential profile and allow UND students, faculty and alumni to give their opinions about what it should say.

It also is more typical for college president contracts to begin July 1, LeBel said.

"We were concerned that (an earlier starting date) might have a negative effect on the attractiveness of the position," LeBel said. "It might keep out some people who were fully committed for the rest of this academic year."

The board also is recruiting new presidents for Dickinson State University and Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. The incumbents, Lee Vickers and Sharon Etemad, plan to retire in January.

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