Burgum announces task force to examine ND higher education governance

Gov. Doug Burgum unveiled a task force to examine the governance structure of North Dakota’s higher education system Tuesday, a move he said was intended to ensure the state is keeping up with rapid workforce changes.

Burgum will chair the task force and appoint its 15 members, who will represent “the interests of students, faculty, the business community and all branches of state government,” according to a news release. The governor signed an executive order creating the group at the Capitol while flanked by legislators, State Board of Higher Education Chairman Don Morton, Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle and others.