UND ENG 16 07 08Adapting Higher Education to Help Students and States Adapt to a Changing World

The hottest careers today were not imaginable a decade ago. As the pace of change accelerates, the level of skills required increases, even as the time before such skills are antiquated decreases. As digital delivery of innovative educational offerings challenges the historic structure of higher education, its mission of embedding critical thinking, interpersonal and teamwork skills becomes more challenging in today’s digitally distracted world where the urge to protest is rising and support for free speech is falling. During a time of reduced state support for higher education and increased pressure to address student debt, universities must be sharply focused on leveraging their unique strengths to succeed.

As president of a flagship state university, Kennedy examines the many challenges facing universities in the future and how they can succeed by leveraging their strengths. 

Select Media - Higher Education

  • March 12, 2017: Fargo Forum - States benefit from having more college graduates - see opinion piece
  • January 18,2017: Grand Forks Herald - Leaders speak to economic drivers of higher education - see article
  • September 10, 2016 - Grand Forks Herald - How UND can ride the digitization wave - see opinion piece

Select Media - President of University of North Dakota

Mark Kennedy assumed the role as President of the University of North Dakota on July 1, 2016. Kennedy previously headed George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management and has taught at leading universities on five continents.

  • May 16, 2017: UND Today - Crossing the finish line - see article
  • May 16, 2017: UND Today - The ‘distinguished’ Dr. Combs - see article
  • May 13, 3017: Fargo Forum - Kennedy tells graduates to embrace technology - see article
  • May 11, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Editorial: Why UND's strategic plan deserves attention - see editorial
  • May 9, 2017: UND Today - A plan for change - see article
  • May 9, 2017: UND Today - ‘We need to invest in UND’ - see article
  • May 9, 2017: UND Today - Presidential praise - see article
  • May 5, 2017: Bismarck Tribune - UND strategic plan unveil describes changing state of higher ed - see article
  • May 5, 2017: KVRR TV - Leaders of UND Hope to Move Forward with a New Strategic Plan - see TV segment
  • May 2, 2107: UND Today - Pillars of university strength - see article
  • April 25, 2017: UND Today - A plan for discovery - see article
  • April 18, 2017: UND Today - Getting back 'on brand' - see article
  • April 9, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND president: College sports are expensive, but it's worth it - see interview
  • March 30, 2017 - UND Today - Painful step - see article
  • March 30, 2017: UND Today - New window on teaching - see article
  • March 29, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Emotions aside, UND's remaining programs are in better position - see article
  • March 21, 2017: UND Today - Brands of confusion - see article
  • March 14, 2017: UND Today - Dance card full - see article
  • March 14, 2017: UND Today - A pitch for marketing - see article
  • March 13, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Editorial: UND sports cuts are tragic, but understandable - see editorial
  • March 10, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND releases budget cut proposals - see article
  • March 10, 2017: UND Today - Tough decisions to position for the future - see article
  • March 7, 2017: UND Today - UND takes message to the house - see article
  • March 7, 2017: UND Today - Grad day for grads - see article
  • March 7, 2017: UND Today - Big Sky grand slam - see article
  • March 3, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Road to renewal: UND eyes renovation projects to change look of campus corridor - see article
  • February 28, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND to keep existing tenure procedures after SBHE policy revision - see article
  • February 28, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Keeping it local: New UND art exhibit showcases North Dakota work - see article
  • February 22, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND rolls out plans for integrated drone institute - see article
  • February 21, 2017: UND Today - Unmanned unleashed - see article
  • February 21, 2017: UND Today - Presidential Palette - see article
  • February 16, 2017: Fargo Forum - Three top UND administrators to leave positions as part of budget cuts - see article
  • February 16, 2017: UND Today - Starting from the top - see article
  • February 14, 2017: UND Today - Next step: NEXUS ND - see article
  • February 9, 2017: UND Today - Deeper Analysis to get it right - see article
  • February 9, 2017: UND Today -Finding efficiency through centralization - see article
  • February 7, 2017: UND Today - Reboot to recruit - see article
  • February 2, 2017: UND Today - Investing in priorities - see article
  • January 31, 2017: UND Today - Riding the rapids to smoother currents - see article
  • January 31, 2017: UND Today - Second Eye of the Hawk Lectures Series - Beyond 'politeness and niceness' - see article
  • January 31, 2017: UND Today - Conference changes - it's academic - see article
  • January 26, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND officially makes the move to the Summit League, Missouri Valley Football Conference - see article
  • January 26, 2017: UND Today - Coulee to Columbia - see article
  • January 25, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND announces intent to demolish campus buildings - see article
  • January 24, 2017: UND Today - Kickoff of Eye of the Hawk Lectures Series - Engaging China - see article
  • January 18, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND lecture series opens with international connections - see article
  • January 17, 2017: UND Today - Seizing the future now - see article
  • January 17, 2017: UND Today - What’s the B.I.G. idea? - see article
  • January 17, 2017: UND Today - First ‘Eye of the Hawk’ events set to soar - see article
  • January 16, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Latest budget would deepen higher ed reductions - see article
  • January 12, 2107: UND Today - More than ‘oil and soil’ - see article
  • January 12, 2107: UND Today - UND: Talent pool generator for North Dakota - see article
  • January 10, 2017: UND Today - Reach for the stars - see article
  • December 19, 2016: Fargo Forum / GF Hearld - All the world's a stage for UND's first lady - see article
  • December 17, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND president implores grads to shoot for the stars - see article
  • December 13, 2016: UND Today - Marketing and retention = revenue - see article
  • December 13, 2016: UND Today -Digital distinction - see article
  • December 1, 2016: UND Today - Making the case for UND - see article
  • November 22, 2016: UND Today - Fixing for a feast - see article
  • November 15, 2016: UND Today - We are the champions - see article
  • November 10, 2016: UND Today - Core values bring us closer to OneUND - see article
  • October 27, 2016: UND Today - Setting the course - see article
  • October 18, 2016: UND Today - Front door of Collaboration - see article
  • October 15, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - Our Opinion - UND Future is Bright - see editorial
  • October 15, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND President Mark Kennedy: 'New Frontiers' at UND - see article
  • October 14, 2016: Dakota Student - Camelot on Campus - see article
  • October 13, 2016: UND Today - New Leader, New Frontier - see article
  • October 13, 2016: UND Today - JFK Revisited - see article
  • October 10, 2016: WDAZ TV - Bringing UND together is newly inaugurated president's top priority - see TV segment
  • October 10, 2016: Fargo Forum - In Inauguration, Kennedy calls on UND to unite - see article
  • October 7, 2016: Washington Post - University of North Dakota, citing First Amendment, won’t punish students for blackface Snapchat photos - see article
  • October 3, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - Welcome to UND, first lady Debbie Kennedy  - see article
  • September 30, 2017: University Letter - President Kennedy asks AVP for Diversity and Inclusion to establish a Diversity Council - see article
  • September 26, 2016: Washington Post - ‘Inexcusable’: Students’ photos, one in blackface, trigger backlash and university investigation - see article
  • September 21, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - STEVE HUNEGS: UND builds strong cross-cultural relationships - see opinion piece
  • September 21, 2016: University Letter - In harmony: Business community 'Wakes up to UND' - see article
  • September 20, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND President asks campus to put past conflicts behind them - see article
  • September 7, 2016: WDAY TV - ND towns get to know new UND president Mark Kennedy - see TV segment
  • August 31, 2016: University Letter - Rolling in UND style: New faculty and administrator bus tour highlights - see article
  • August 31, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - One UND: The lesson of the Varsity Gentlemen - see article
  • August 25, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND launches strategic planning process with first meeting - see article
  • August 24, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND's Mark Kennedy names strategic planning committee - see article
  • August 23, 2016: Bismarck Tribune - More than 200 students enroll in unmanned aircraft program at University of North Dakota, and Kennedy wants bigger footprint - see article
  • August 23, 2016: Bismarck Tribune - More than 200 students enroll in unmanned aircraft program at University of North Dakota, and Kennedy wants bigger footprint - see article
  • August 18, 2016: Dickinson Press - UND president Kennedy works to be collaborative in budget process - see article
  • August 16, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND President to re-examine number of sports, conference affiliation after budget shortfall - see article
  • August 1, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND to allocate $5.9 million in budget cuts evenly, launches strategic planning phase - see article
  • July 23, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - Our Opinion: Kennedy's humor, clarity are welcome - see editorial
  • July 23, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND's President Mark Kennedy talks collaboration with NDSU, role of liberal arts - see article
  • July 7, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - New UND president hosts first 'Coffee with Kennedy' - see article
  • July 1, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Kennedy: UND will stick with name, logo - see article
  • July 1, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - Mark Kennedy aims to be a collaborative leader as UND's president - see article
  • June 30, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND's unmanned aircraft systems center will report to university president - see article
  • March 15, 2016: Fargo Forum - Mark Kennedy named next president of University of North Dakota - see article

  Photo (Jackie Lorentz) - With Dean Hesham Al-Rewini in new Collaborative Engineering Center