- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Thirty-seven people are in the running to be the next president of the University of North Dakota.

The North Dakota University System released the list of applicants Friday. Forty people applied and three later withdrew.

Most of the applicants are administrators at other schools around the U.S. There also are applicants who have worked or are currently working at schools in Canada, Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates and India.

UND President Robert Kelley retires next week after nearly seven years at the school. Former North Dakota Gov. and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer will serve as interim president until Kelley’s successor is named.

A search committee will whittle the field of candidates to 2-4 finalists. The state Board of Higher Education will make the final decision on who gets the job.

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