President of the University of North Dakota

Ideas

Community

You will find that you are most effective and most satisfied with your work when it is directed towards a greater good.
Commencement Address - December 16, 2016

  • October 14, 2018: G1 Global Conference, Tokyo, Japan - Social and Political Fractures in America: Wounds, Remedies, and Scars - see video
  • October 6, 2018: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Private sector can play critical role in easing world hunger (with Richard Leach) - see article
  • August 4, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Life is a game of addition - see speech text
  • August 3, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - UND's Mark Kennedy encourages grads to add others to their lives during summer graduation - see article
  • May 31, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Kennedy: Have heroes, dare mighty things - see opinion piece
  • December 18, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - For UND grads, a 'Star Wars' guide to life - see speech text
Diversity

Embracing diversity is not just about making others feel welcome, it will be essential for your own success.
Commencement Address - December 16, 2016

  • January 21, 2019; Grand Forks Herald - Grand Forks, UND celebrate Martin Luther King’s message, legacy - see article
  • August 4, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Life is a game of addition - see speech text
  • December 16, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - From Jedi to Leaders in Action - see speech text
  • August 22, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Bringing many together as 'One UND' - see opinion piece
  • July 7, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND plan: Keep, grow star students - see opinion piece
  • May 16, 2017: UND Today - Crossing the finish line - see article
  • August 31, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - One UND: The lesson of the Varsity Gentlemen - see opinion piece
Innovation

We are called to chart new ground for others to follow.
Inaugural Address October 10, 2016

  • January 27, 2019: Fargo Forum - Research funding helps North Dakota win - see opinion piece
  • December 27, 2018: UND Today - Embrace change and adapt - see video
  • December 20, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - UND grads, learn to master change - see speech text
  • December 18, 2018: UND Today - President Kennedy: unleash the waves others must surf - see article
  • December 16, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Kennedy and Bresciani: Invest in an innovative economy - see joint opinion piece
  • May 13, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Lux et Lex: Illuminating, defining tomorrow - see speech text
  • May 13, 3017: Fargo Forum - Kennedy tells graduates to embrace technology - see article
  • September 10, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - How UND can ride the digitization wave - see opinion piece

Liberal Arts and Lifelong Learning

As time rolls forward, your success will depend more and more on how you apply critical thinking and prepare to ride the waves of changes rather than get washed up by them.
Commencement Address - December 14, 2018

  • December 27, 2018: UND Today - Embrace change and adapt - see video
  • December 20, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - UND grads, learn to master change - see speech text
  • December 18, 2018: UND Today - President Kennedy: unleash the waves others must surf - see article
  • May 15, 2018: UND Today - Leaders in Action on center stage - see video
  • May 13, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Lux et Lex: Illuminating, defining tomorrow - see speech text
  • May 12, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - 'Keep learning': UND’s Mark Kennedy advises graduates to commit to lifelong learning - see article
  • March 12, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Higher ed remains path to brighter future - see opinion piece
Risk Taking

You will achieve little of note in life if you are unwilling to take risks.
Commencement Address - December 16, 2016

  • May 31, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Kennedy: Have heroes, dare mighty things - see opinion piece
  • December 18, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - For UND grads, a 'Star Wars' guide to life - see speech text
American Leadership

Just as doing something for others gives more genuine satisfaction than doing something for ourselves, so it is that our nation's proudest moments, those times we brag about, are when we reached beyond ourselves, when Lady Liberty lifted up her torch and welcomed our ancestors ashore, when we defeated the fascist and communist menaces, rebuilt Europe and Japan.
Commencement Address, August 3, 2018

  • December 5, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Mark Kennedy: The power of state funerals - see opinion piece
  • December 2, 2018: Foreign Policy - Five Vital Lessons From George H.W. Bush - see article
  • November 8, 2018: UND Today - ‘Hawkish’ affairs between U.S. and China  - see article
  • October 14, 2018: G1 Global Conference, Tokyo, Japan - Preventing a Global Trade War: Is It Too Late? - see video
  • August 4, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Life is a game of addition - see speech text
  • June 12, 2017: CSIS - Business, Politics, and International Trade with Mark Kennedy - hear podcast
  • August 22, 2016: Foreign Policy - American Leadership Can Survive Today’s Storm - see opinion piece
Many opinion pieces in Grand Forks Herald were also published in Fargo Forum and Bismarck Tribune