Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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A former leader of the North Dakota University System has signed off on an official allegation that her September termination was a retaliatory action by the system chancellor. Lisa Feldner, a vice chancellor who also served as chief of staff to NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott, signed on Dec. 19 an official complaint prepared by the state Department of Labor and Human Rights to further her charge that Hagerott had unjustly fired her for reporting what she "believed to be violations of rule, policy, and/or law by Chancellor Hagerott."
BISMARCK — A former vice chancellor has supported allegations that North Dakota higher ed leader Mark Hagerott created a hostile workplace for staff, though his office showed relatively little turnover during a period of major cuts.
BISMARCK—A labor complaint made against North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott is set to be investigated by a federal agency.
As budgets have contracted across the North Dakota University System, so too have the numbers of people employed at state institutions of higher education. Retiring UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the university takes an employment snapshot as of Nov. 1 each fiscal year. The university has shed about 600 workers since fiscal year 2014, when the university had a headcount of 6,321 employees. This November, at the start of fiscal year 2018, the university had a count of 5,713 employees.
GRAND FORKS—In the era of WebMD and Dr. Google, the average person is more empowered than ever to make a slightly educated guess at determining his or her health.
National health care spending is on the rise. According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the sector hit $3.3 trillion in 2016, amounting to almost 18 percent of the national GDP for that year after an increase of about $100 billion from 2015.
GRAND FORKS —Mark Hagerott is very specific when he says he “categorically” denies a sexual discrimination charge recently made against him.
GRAND FORKS — Leaders of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education opened a Wednesday, Dec. 6, press release with quotes about truth to reinforce their stance on accusations made against the top executive of the state university system. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple," board Chair Don Morton and Vice Chair Greg Stemen wrote, drawing from playwright Oscar Wilde before introducing a joint statement of support for due process and system office staff.
BISMARCK -- As described in recent labor allegations, a top employee of the North Dakota University System complained last year to the system's governing board about Chancellor Mark Hagerott's public musings on his diagnosis of cancer.
GRAND FORKS — A North Dakota university president named in labor allegations made against the head of the state's higher education system has confirmed an accusation that involves her—but said she wasn't offended by the event in question.