Presidential candidate visits continue

David Rosowsky’s visit concludes Friday, while Laurie Stenberg Nichols’ visit begins Monday

Photo by Shawna Schill/UND Today.

Visits from candidates for president of UND continue. Dr. Chuck Staben’s visit finished Thursday, Dr. David Rosowsky’s visit began Thursday and will continue Friday, and Dr. Laurie Stenberg Nichols will visit Monday and Tuesday.

There are a total of six candidates visiting in an eight-day span. The visit from Dr. Robert Marley concluded Wednesday, and two more candidates, Dr. Paul Tikalsky and Dr. Andrew Armacost, visit later next week.

The Presidential Search Committee will meet Friday, Nov. 22, to select at least three finalists to forward to the State Board of Higher Education. Those finalists will meet with the Board on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and UND’s new president is expected to be named that day.

Open forums
Forums have been scheduled for students, faculty, staff, and the campus and community for each candidate. The campus and community open forum will be live-streamed. Entrance is restricted to users with activated UND Zoom accounts who are UND students, faculty and staff. If you wish to join the webinar, go to and log into Zoom with your IDM credentials prior to logging into the webinar. Join the forum from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device here and click on the candidate’s name.

Candidate feedback/survey forms
The Presidential Search Committee encourages you to fill out feedback/visit survey forms, which will be available from 7:30 a.m. to midnight while the candidate is on campus for their two-day visit. Please scroll down to the candidate visit schedule to find the survey links.

Parking information
Parking Services encourages you to arrive early; there are a limited number of spaces which will not require a parking permit during the candidate forums. Parking enforcement will be active for all other lots. If you have any questions, please contact us at 701.777.3551 or email .

  • Education Building: Parking Ramp (Passport spots levels 1,4,5) and Starcher lot
  • EERC: EERC west parking lot
  • Gorecki Alumni Center: Chester Fritz north parking lot
  • Leonard Hall: Parking ramp (passport spots levels 1,4,5) and Starcher lot
  • School of Medicine & Health Sciences: SMHS parking lots (excluding Passport)
  • Witmer Hall: Parking ramp (Passport spots levels 1,4,5) and Starcher lot
David Rosowsky

David Rosowsky

Dr. David Rosowsky forum schedule for Friday, Nov. 15

Dr. David V. Rosowsky is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Former Provost and Senior Vice President, University of Vermont

  • Staff Forum: 9 – 10:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 100 Leonard Hall
  • Student Forum: noon – 1:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 114 Witmer Hall
  • Campus and Community Forum: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Discovery Room, EERC. A meet-and-greet social will follow.

Dr. Laurie Stenberg Nichols forum schedule, Monday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 19

Laurie Stenberg Nichols

Laurie Stenberg Nichols

Dr. Laurie A. Stenberg Nichols is Interim President of Black Hills State University and Former President, University of Wyoming

  • Faculty Forum: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, Gorecki Alumni Center
  • Staff Forum: 9 – 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Room 7, Education Building
  • Student Forum: noon – 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 114 Witmer Hall
  • Campus and Community Forum: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Discovery Room, EERC. A meet-and-greet social will follow.

About Dr. David V. Rosowsky
David V. Rosowsky, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, concluded six years of service as Provost and Senior Vice President at the University of Vermont in May 2019. Prior to joining UVM as provost, Dr. Rosowsky served as the 15th Dean of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and before that as Head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he also held the A.P. and Florence Wiley Chair in Civil Engineering.

In addition to serving as chief academic officer, the provost served as the chief budget officer for the university.

Since 1990, Dr. Rosowsky has conducted research in the areas of structural reliability, performance of wood structural systems, design for natural hazards, stochastic modeling of structural and environmental loads, and probability-based codified design. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of two journals, and is a past editorial board member of three others.

Dr. Rosowsky has authored or co-authored nearly 300 papers. He has been invited to present his research work around the world, and is the recipient of the ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize, the T.K. Hseih Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), and the ASCE Norman Medal.

Dr. Rosowsky maintains an active research program. He is a member of numerous editorial boards, national technical committees, is a registered Professional Engineer, and holds the rank of Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute.

Rosowsky is widely recognized for his breadth of knowledge about U.S. Higher Education, and is frequently invited to speak on the topic.

Rosowsky is described as data-informed, inclusive, and outcomes-driven. He has demonstrated a broad and deep understanding of complex organizations, as well as the ability to communicate complexity, challenge, opportunity, and risk to broad audiences. He is inclusive in formulating both strategy and decision, he takes responsibility for outcomes, and he makes timely and responsive changes in direction when needed. He is widely regarded as an effective communicator and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to transparency.

In each of his progressively larger leadership roles, Rosowsky has successfully built mandates, changed cultures, articulated a strategic plan based on shared goals and shared commitment, excited and engaged constituencies, and achieved measurable progress and growth. In all cases, this has started with a period of active listening and learning. He reported regularly to faculty and staff, students, alumni, university leadership, and others on progress and plans. Highly visible on campus and in the community, and known for his passion and enthusiasm, he is frequently introduced as the “cheerleader in-chief” or the “chief optimism officer” at UVM. He maintains an active Twitter profile (@DavidRosowsky) to connect with students, alumni, faculty and staff, and community members.

With a record of leadership built on relationships, respect, and shared vision, Rosowsky loves to learn, loves to laugh, and loves what he does. He frequently reminds colleagues of the privilege they enjoy of working in the noblest of professions – the education of young people – and how fortunate they are to be doing what they love, in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment. He often closes his remarks with these words: “Support one another and expect great things. You won’t be disappointed.”

About Dr. Laurie A. Stenberg Nichols
Dr. Laurie Stenberg Nichols is a native of Colman, South Dakota, and received her B.S. in secondary education from South Dakota State University.  Advanced degrees include a M.Ed. in Vocational and Adult Education from Colorado State University and Ph.D. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education/Family Studies from Ohio State University.

Dr. Nichols has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels in South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio, Idaho and Iowa.  She has received numerous teaching and research awards for her innovative teaching, including her involvement in the creation of a 10-state, collaborative, on-line program called the Great Plains IDEA.  From 1994-2009, she served as Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at South Dakota State University. In this capacity, Dr. Nichols provided campus leadership on several initiatives including diversity, particularly involving Native Americans, academic advising, and strategic planning. She has secured numerous grants to collaborate with South Dakota tribal colleges in the areas of articulation and curriculum development.

Dr. Nichols was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, class of 2006-2007, where she spent fall semester on the campus of California State University at Fresno under the mentorship of President John Welty.  From August 1, 2008 through mid-June 2009, Nichols served as Interim President at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  On June 22, 2009, she returned to her home campus at South Dakota State University as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, a position she held until 2016.  During her service as Provost, she led efforts to strengthen shared governance on campus, revised tenure and promotion standards and processes, developed a first-year experience with a goal of improving retention, developed a comprehensive classroom/learning environment plan, and secured first-time accreditation for several programs, among many other efforts.

On May 16, 2016 through June 30, 2019, Provost Nichols became the 26th President of the University of Wyoming, and the first woman to hold this post.  During her three-year leadership, Nichols led the implementation of a major budget reduction, developed a new five-year strategic plan for the university, supported the successful submission of 5-year EPSCoR grant for Wyoming, increased enrollment, created an Honors College and worked tirelessly to improve the University’s relationship with two tribes located on the Wind River reservation.  Significant campus facility improvements were completed, including a $100 million engineering building and a $45 million athletic performance facility, with planning underway for $300-400 million residential hall/parking/food service project.

Nichols is currently serving in a one-year interim position as President of Black Hills State University, a public, comprehensive, undergraduate institution located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Dr. Nichols is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.  She is past-chair of South Dakota Voices for Children, a political advocacy group.  She was a founding member of the Board that created the Brookings Boys and Girls Club and has served on many other community and civic boards/councils.

Nichols is passionate about working with young people in solidifying educational and career goals and developing leadership skills.