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UND announces new leadership hires

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UND's business school, entrepreneurship center and Native American medical student program are now under new management.

After a year with no permanent leadership, the College of Business and Public Affairs has a new dean in Amy B. Henley, the current executive director of MBA programs at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Henley will be taking over for interim college head Steven Light, who has overseen the school since the 2017 departure of Margaret Williams, the previous dean.

Henley starts her new role Aug. 1.

UND announced Henley's hire in a Thursday release that also detailed the hire of a new director of the Center for Innovation, the university's entrepreneurial center. Like the business school, the center has also been without an executive for about a year.

That's set to change when new hire Amy Whitney takes office July 1.

Whitney currently works at Clark University in Massachusetts, where she holds a title of director of innovation and entrepreneurship. At UND, she'll follow in the footsteps of Bruce Gjovig, the founder and CEO of the center who was pushed into retirement last year. Leadership of the center since then has been handled by interim director Barry Horwitz.

Away from the business side, UND announced the hire of a new associate dean for INMED, the campus medical school program designed specifically for Native American students. That unit's diversity and inclusion efforts will now be led by Dr. Donald K. Warne, a past chair of the public health department at North Dakota State University. Warne will take over for retired INMED leader Eugene Delorme.

The hires were announced a day after UND President Mark Kennedy told campus he had decided not to hire for now to fill another high-level administrative post, that of the university's chief of communications. Kennedy cited a lack of fit with the three finalists for the post brought to campus last month, saying that he sought the "perfect candidate" for the job.

Andrew Haffner

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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