UND President Mark Kennedy announced today that Angelique Foster will continue to serve as University Chief of Staff.
Foster, who announced in October that she is leaving UND at the end of the Spring Semester to be closer to family, has agreed to remain in her role as Chief of Staff and will split her time between UND and her new home. She plans return to campus on a monthly basis to conduct business.
Kennedy said that retaining Foster’s expertise and influence is part of an overall effort to strengthen his administrative team with strategic thinkers who have the vision and energy to lead UND to even greater success. It also maintains important continuity for many of the University’s strategic initiatives, as Foster has played an integral role in implementing the “One UND” plan, the strategic roadmap that touches all aspects of the University.
“I am very excited that Angelique has agreed to remain a strong and active member of our UND family as my Chief of Staff,” Kennedy said. “It’s a role that Angelique has assumed for much of her time with me here at UND. I have always said that her level of skill, wise counsel, drive and devotion to the University is difficult to find in one person.”
Foster, as Chief of Staff, bolsters an already strong bench of new and established administrators at UND that include Provost Tom DiLorenzo and Senior Vice Provost Debbie Storrs in Academic Affairs; Jed Shivers in Finance & Operations; Peter Johnson, on a part-time basis in Public Affairs; and Meloney Linder and newly named Communication Director David Dodds in Marketing & Communications, to name a few.
These leaders already are taking on even larger roles than before as University spokespeople, conveying UND’s messages of enhanced student experiences, campus renewal and discovery to important external audiences and stakeholders.
Foster, who grew up in North Carolina and holds a bachelor of fine arts in theatre and a master’s in stage management from the University of California – Irvine, first began working for Mark Kennedy in 2012, when he served as professor and director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. When Kennedy was named UND’s 12th president, he asked her to be his special assistant.
She joined UND on July 1, 2016.
“I really love what I do, and it will be an honor to continue to serve this great University and the students, staff and faculty that make UND the premier Flagship University in the region,” Foster said.
At UND, apart from leading the One UND Strategic Plan implementation teams, Foster has served on search committees, organized Martin Luther King Jr. Days on campus, and sits on the board of the Empire Arts Center. She also speaks to theatre arts classes.