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Quijano Elected CCF President

Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

CONTACT: Marie Moe, executive director,

Fernando Quijano was elected president of the Council of College Faculties (CCF) for the 2014-2015 year. During his term, Quijano will be organizing an all-faculty conference, expected to take place in October, 2014. A statewide effort to bring the faculty from all 11 institutions of higher education in North Dakota under one roof has not been made since the Roundtable discussions in the early 2000s.

Quijano expects to be engaged in the search for a new Chancellor, monitoring the academic and administrative affairs council events, and conducting monthly CCF meetings. His appointment comes at a critical time for higher education in North Dakota, as voters will decide if a new constitutional measure (Measure 3) will repeal existing constitutional provisions that concern the State Board of Higher Education and the State Commissioner of Higher Education. The intent is to replace the current board structure and governance with a three-member commission of higher education that would oversee and administer all public higher education in North Dakota.

Quijano will also be representing faculty concerns with regard to many other initiatives currently under consideration at the system level, such as Pathways-K20, retention, intellectual property, open sources, and research funding opportunities.

“Next year is going to be an important year for the university system. This is an exciting opportunity for DSU….I am proud to be the elected president and plan to work hard and be actively involved in improving the welfare of the faculty and fostering a spirit of cohesiveness and collaboration between the 11 institutions of higher education in North Dakota,” Quijano stated.

Quijano will begin his term as president on July 1st, 2014.