Bismarck man selected to fill term on higher education board

December 17, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck orthodontist Dr. John Warford has been appointed to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Thursday.

Warford will serve out the term of Joseph Wetch Jr., who resigned from the board in August. The term expires in June 2024.

Warford served as mayor of Bismarck from 2002 to 2014. He was dean of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary in Bismarck from 2014 to 2017.

“Dr. Warford’s deep knowledge of public policy, leadership experience within higher education and business background will help the board navigate the changes to higher education accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Burgum said in a statement.


The higher ed board has eight voting members appointed by the governor, including one student member and two non-voting members who represent faculty and staff. The group oversees the state’s 11 public colleges and universities.