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Mayville State presidential search narrows to three finalists

The Mayville State University presidential search is down to three finalists.

A search committee made up of a cross-section of MSU stakeholders met for the last time Thursday to quickly whittle down a list of four candidates, coming to prompt consensus to end their work for a search begun in November.

The last men standing for the search are Bernell Hirning, interim associate vice president and associate regional dean at National University in Fresno, Calif.; Brian Van Horn, associate provost at Murray State College in Murray, Ky.; and internal candidate Keith Stenehjem, MSU vice president for academic affairs.

The three finalists have now been submitted for consideration by the State Board of Higher Education, which will make the ultimate decision for MSU's next president. That leader will follow in the footsteps of longtime MSU President Gary Hagen, who is retiring this summer.

The three finalists will now make their last pitch before the SBHE at the board's March 28 meeting, which will be held on the MSU campus.

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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