Volume 10. No 4
Dr. Larry Skogen will become BSC’s
sixth chief executive officer on March 1. The
North Dakota State Board of Higher Educa-
tion named him president in October, after a
Dr. Skogen, who was born and
raised in Hettinger, N.D., said he
is “ecstatic to be coming back
to North Dakota and back to his
At a press conference where the
board announced his selection, Dr.
Skogen also said he is excited by
BSC’s community college mission.
He cited BSC’s transfer and tech-
nical programs and the “wonderful
concept” of the National Energy
Center of Excellence.
Dr. Skogen was one of three
finalists the state board inter-
viewed based on recommendation
of the Presidential Search Com-
mittee. Board President John Q.
Paulsen said, “All three finalists
would bring many strengths to the
presidency, and we were pleased to
have such outstanding candidates.
In the end, however, Dr. Skogen’s
vision for the future of the college
most closely matches that of the board.”
Retired from a career in the U.S. Air Force,
Dr. Skogen is academic dean and deputy
superintendent for academic affairs at New
Mexico Military Institute, Roswell. He has
held the position since 2001.
Dr. Skogen has taught history in collegiate
and military settings and served in other
capacities in the Air Force, most recently as
director of operations and inspector general
of the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in
Wyoming from 1998 to 2001. In 2004 he
was an educational consultant to the United
Arab Emirates. He holds a B.S. in second-
ary education from Dickinson (N.D.) State
BSC’s sixth CEO begins March 1
University, an M.A. in history from Central
Missouri State University, Warrensburg, and
a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State Univer-
Gordon Binek, vice president for college
advancement and federal relations, is serving
as interim president until Skogen begins.
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