Burgum appoints Gracie Lian of UND to State Board of Higher Ed

Former president of UND Student Body, North Dakota Student Association will serve one-year term as student representative

Gracie Lian, then-Student Body President at UND, talks with Dr. Joshua Wynne (left), then-Interim President of the University, and Matthew Ternus, then-Student Body Vice President, in this 2020 file photo. Lian has just been appointed to serve as the student representative on the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. UND archive photo.

Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed University of North Dakota student Gracie Lian to a one-year term as the student representative on the state Board of Higher Education.

Lian is a new graduate of the University of North Dakota who will be pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration degree at UND in the fall. She has served as president of the North Dakota Student Association and student body president for the University of North Dakota Student Government Association.

“Gracie’s experience in leadership positions and work with policies and procedures of the NDUS and SBHE make her well-suited to represent students and influence the future of North Dakota’s higher education system,” Burgum said.

Lian’s term on the board begins July 1.

“I am incredibly honored to have been chosen as the student member of the State Board of Higher Education,” Lian told the Grand Forks Herald. “I look forward to continuing to work with students, NDUS faculty and staff, administrators and the other members of the State Board of Higher Education to grow our university system into the future.”

Burgum expressed his gratitude to current student member Erica Solberg for her service on the board.

The Board of Higher Education has eight voting members appointed by the governor, including one student member, and two non-voting members who represent the North Dakota University System’s faculty and staff. The board oversees the system’s 11 public colleges and universities.

This story includes information from the Office of the Governor of North Dakota.