Administration and Faculty

Administration and Faculty

North Dakota State Board of Higher Education

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education is a constitutional body created by a vote of the people of North Dakota in 1938 and is charged with the governance of the North Dakota Higher Education System, of which Minot State University is a part.


Danita Bye, '22 Stanley
Jeffry Volk, ‘25 Fargo
Jill Louters, '22 New Rockford
Tim Mihalick, '23 Minot
Gracie Lian, '22 Student Member
Casey Ryan, '25 Grand Forks
John Warford, '24 Bismarck
Nick Hacker, '23 Bismarck
Dr. Elizabeth Legerski, '22 Faculty Advisor
Retha Mattern, '22 Staff Advisor

Officers of The University

Dr. Steven W. Shirley, President
Dr. Laurie Geller, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. Rick Hedberg, Vice President for Advancement
Mr. Brent Winiger, Vice President for Administration & Finance
Mr. Kevin Harmon, Vice President for Student Affairs
Ms. Jonelle Watson, Assistant Vice President, Business Services/Controller
Dr. Jacek Mrozik, Associate Vice President for Graduate, Enrollment, and Marketing

Minot State University Board of Regents

The Board of Regents is an advisory board which is designed to facilitate the positive growth and development of Minot State University. This select group of influential individuals provides valuable input and guidance by participation in the University’s ongoing strategic planning process. The Board of Regents also works with university administrators to accomplish specifically identified projects and activities.

Executive Committee

Brenda Foster, Executive Chair
Jarid Lundeen, Past  Chair
Tom Rafferty, Chair Elect
Dr. Steven W. Shirley, MSU President
Brent Winiger, Treasurer
Rick Hedberg, Secretary
Randy Burckhard, Member at Large

Minot State University Development Foundation

The MSU Development Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) I.R.C., organization which has been established for the purpose of soliciting, receiving and managing resources for the benefit of Minot State University. The foundation seeks funding from all appropriate external sources to supplement state appropriations, strengthen endowments, enhance scholarship opportunities, and insure the highest level of educational programming for Minot State University. The four standing committees of the foundation are:

  1. Investment Advisory Committee
  2. Special Gifts Committee
  3. Development Strategies Committee
  4. Nominating Committee

Foundation Executive Committee

Jon Backes '84, President
Dan Langemo, Vice President
Dr. Steven W. Shirley, MSU President
Brent Winiger, Treasurer
Rick Hedberg, Executive Director
Dan Langemo, Investment Advisory Committee
Robert Sando, Vice President Special Gifts Committee
Karen Krebsbach, ‘62, Development Strategies Committee
Kathy Aas, '11, Nominating Committee

Alumni Association

The MSU Alumni Association is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) I.R.C. organization whose mission is to “promote positive relationships that encourage alumni, students, community, and friends to be actively and emotionally identified with Minot State University.” The Alumni Association Board of Directors works closely with the MSU Director of Alumni Relations to accomplish this by sponsoring various special programs and events, such as regional gatherings, reunions, the annual MSU GALA Dinner and Auction, Golden Awards Banquet, travel programs, and the publication of the magazine “Connections.” There are no membership dues. Each graduating class is entered in the Alumni database and current addresses are maintained. The Alumni Office is part of the University Advancement team.

Alumni Officers

Jaimie Jundt Brunner, '00 President
Chelsea Kirkhammer, ‘06 Past President
Sabrina Herrmann, '93/02 President Elect
Ben Berg, '13 Vice President for Promotions
Mat Jensen, '07 Vice President for Events
Sabrina Hermann, '83/'02 Vice President of Outreach

Minot State University Office of University Advancement

The Office of University Advancement has been established on the campus of Minot State University to oversee and coordinate all alumni, development efforts. The Vice President for Advancement serves as the chief advancement officer, reports directly to the President of the University, and supervises the activities of the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Donor Relations Officer, Director of Marketing, Major Gifts Officer, and Office of Publications and Design. The advancement office is responsible for creating and maintaining a positive public image for the University, cultivating meaningful relationships with the institution’s various constituencies, and developing external resources from all available sources.


Minot State University is accredited by:

  1. The Higher Learning Commission A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 North LaSalle St, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504
  2. National Council for Accreditation of  Education Preparation
    2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20036-1023
  3. National Association of Schools of Music
    11250 Roger Bacon Dr, Suite 21
    Reston, VA 20190
  4. National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission
    1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 201
    Alexandria VA 22314
  5. Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association
    2200 Research Boulevard, #310
    Rockville, MD 20852-3279
  6. Council on Social Work Education Baccalaureate level
    1600 Duke St.
    Alexandria, VA 22314-3421
  7. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850,
    Atlanta, GA 30326;
  8. National Association of School Psychologists
    PO Box 791089
    Baltimore, MD 21279-1089
  9. International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
    PO Box 25217
    Overland  KS 66215