Former state Indian Affairs official named to UND search panel 7-07

By DALE WETZEL
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A tribal college president and former director
of North Dakota's Indian Affairs Commission has been appointed to the
committee that will recruit the University of North Dakota's new
president.

The Board of Higher Education voted on Tuesday to add Cynthia
Lindquist to the search committee, giving it 17 members. It will look
for a successor to UND President Charles Kupchella, who plans to
retire next year.

The board's president, John Q. Paulsen, earlier had resisted appeals
to make the panel larger. During a telephone conference call meeting
of the board on Tuesday, Paulsen said he had been mistaken. He noted
that the committees that recruited UND's previous three presidents -
Thomas Clifford, Kendall Baker and Kupchella - had Indian members.

"The recommendation I am making today, I perhaps should have made at
the outset," Paulsen said. "I simply did not give adequate
recognition to the ... importance of the American Indian constituency
to the University of North Dakota. It's just as simple as that."

Lindquist is president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College at Fort
Totten, on the Spirit Lake reservation. She has held the position
since October 2003.

Lindquist could not be reached immediately for comment on Tuesday.
She was a finalist last year for a seat on the Board of Higher
Education, but Gov. John Hoeven instead reappointed incumbent Sue
Andrews, of Mapleton, to a second term in the position.

Lindquist served as director of the state Indian Affairs Commission
from January 1998 until April 2001, when she resigned to attend
graduate school. Lindquist holds a doctorate in educational
leadership from UND.

She is a former associate director of the Center for Rural Health at
UND's medical school. As the Indian Affairs Commission's director,
Lindquist emphasized health care issues, said William Goetz, the
chancellor of North Dakota's university system.

"That was her drive at that time, her interest, and she did make a
difference," Goetz said. "She's dedicated. She's focused. She's
going to make a contribution on the search committee. She's respected
by the tribes ... for what she brings to the table."

Goetz served as chief of staff to Schafer and Hoeven during
Lindquist's time as commission director. The Indian Affairs
Commission includes the chairmen of the five American Indian tribes
with reservation land in North Dakota.

New Board of Higher Education member Duaine Espegard, a retired Grand
Forks banker and former state senator, wondered during Tuesday's
meeting whether the search committee could grow still larger.

Espegard offered to resign his own position on the search committee
to keep its membership at 16 once Lindquist was added. He withdrew
his offer when Paulsen assured him he would not support adding other
members to the search committee "under any circumstances."
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