- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Williston State College President Raymond Nadolny has been placed on indefinite leave for alleged misconduct involving alcohol, North Dakota University System officials said Thursday.

University system Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen said allegations that “alcohol was infringing upon his responsibilities as a president” would be investigated, though he offered no other details.

“We take all allegations seriously,” he said.

Skogen said a third party would be sent to Williston State College to investigate the allegations and prepare a report for the university system.

In a letter from Skogen to Nadolny on Wednesday, Skogen wrote, “if the investigator concludes there is evidence to support the allegations, I will likely initiate action to dismiss you.”

The letter also told Nadolny he was barred from the Williston State College campus unless escorted by Skogen or a designee and not allowed to speak with college employees without permission. Skogen also wrote that Nadolny’s access to university system email, network and digital files was being terminated.

Skogen named Wanda Meyer, Williston State’s provost and vice president for instruction and student services, as acting president.

In a statement, university system communications director Linda Donlin said a decision will likely be made next week on whether Nadolny will be on leave for an extended period of time. If that is the case, she said, Skogen will appoint an interim president.

Skogen said he drove to Williston Wednesday night to meet with Nadolny after he received word of the allegations. He described Nadolny as “very cooperative” with regards to the investigation.

Nadolny, 52, was named president of the two-year public college in northwestern North Dakota in April 2009. The school has fewer than 900 students.

In September, the State Board of Higher Education approved a 5 percent raise for Nadolny, citing the high cost of living in Williston. He is paid $183,300.

Before coming to Williston, Nadolny was a vice president for nine years at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Washington. He also spent 10 years in the Arizona community college system.

Nadolny has a doctoral degree in education from Oregon State University, a master’s in theology from Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon and a bachelor’s in philosophy and history from Benedictine University in Illinois.

A personal phone number for Nadolny could not be found.

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