U.S. Presidents and UND
In honor of Presidents Day, here’s a look back at past commander-in-chief encounters involving the University and its people
The University of North Dakota has crossed paths with several of our nation’s commanders-in-chief over the years.
In fact, as a member of Congress, current UND President, The Hon. Mark Kennedy, had regular interactions with our nation’s leaders in Washington D.C. Even former UND Interim President Ed Schafer, who preceded Kennedy, served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush.
From campaign swings through the Upper Midwest to a national championship team visit to the White House, UND has been front and center in the attention of at least six men who were or would one-day become presidents of the United States: Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. With midterm campaign season just around the corner and the proclivity of U.S. Presidents to stump in important battleground states, will current President Donald Trump be the next top executive to visit UND? If history is prologue, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
In honor of Presidents Day, we are reflecting on past presidential visits through first-hand accounts of local media and UND public relations staff members who witnessed and covered the events.
Roused for Reagan
In the House
Carry a big stick?
Photo essay by UND Today Senior Editorial Director David Dodds.