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Commentary: Maybe university presidents aren’t all that important

Mark Kennedy addresses people after being selected as the next President of the University of North Dakota Tuesday at the Gorecki alumni center. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

It’s remarkable how much time and treasure we invest into hiring presidents for our public universities.

We have learned in recent weeks that University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy is job hunting. He will interview for a gig at the University of Central Florida this week. He was hired at UND not quite two years ago after a job search that cost taxpayers nearly $140,000.

That was at the high end in terms of the cost of recent searches for leadership in the North Dakota University System, but as you can see from this list of the UND search as well as the give previous it’s something we spend a lot of money on.

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