BISMARCK, N.D. - The State Board of Higher Education today named Dr. Larry C. Skogen president of Bismarck State College.
Skogen is academic dean and deputy superintendent for academic affairs at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M., a position he has held since 2001. He is a native of Hettinger, N.D.
"We are very pleased Dr. Skogen will be the next president of Bismarck State College," said John Q. Paulsen, SBHE president. "All three finalists would bring many strengths to the presidency, and we were pleased to have such outstanding candidates. In the end, however, Dr. Skogen's vision for the future of the college most closely matches that of the board."
"A college president interacts with many constituencies," said Eddie Dunn, chancellor of the North Dakota University System. "Dr. Skogen brings a strong set of core values that will serve him well as president of Bismarck State College and in his interactions with the State Board of Higher Education and throughout the University System. BSC is a dynamic community college, and we are genuinely excited about its future under Dr. Skogen's leadership."
Skogen has taught history in collegiate and military settings and served in other capacities in the U.S. Air Force, most recently as director of operations and inspector general of the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming from 1998 to 2001. In 2004, he was an educational consultant to the United Arab Emirates. He holds a B.S. in secondary education from Dickinson (N.D.) State University, an M.A. in history from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo., and a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
Skogen will begin his duties March 1, 2007. He will be paid $126,000 per year and will receive an annual housing allowance of $10,000 and an annual vehicle allowance of $11,000.
Gordon Binek, BSC vice president for college advancement and federal relations, will continue to serve as interim president until Skogen begins. Donna S. Thigpen, who served as BSC president for 11 years, retired in June.