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Gov. Burgum names two to higher ed board

BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a Minot bank officer and re-appointed Nick Hacker of Bismarck to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education on Friday, Jan. 11, pending Senate approval.

Timothy Mihalick, a business development officer at First Western Bank & Trust, will fill the expired term of Greg Stemen, who retired from the board in September. Stemen's unexpired term ends June 30, the governor's office said.

Hacker, president of North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co., has served on the board since 2015 and serves as vice-chairperson. His re-appointment begins July 1 for a four-year-term.

Burgum selected Hacker and Mihalick from two pools, each with three candidates selected by a five-person nominating committee.

The Board of Higher Education has eight voting members appointed by the governor, including a student member, and two non-voting members who represent the North Dakota University System’s faculty and staff. The board oversees the system’s 11 public colleges and universities.

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