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Hirning named new president at Williston State College

April 29, 2021 GMT

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education on Thursday named Bernell Hirning as the next president of Williston State College.

Hirning, who grew up in Mott, holds a doctorate degree from Capella University, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Minot State University and an associate degree from Williston State College.

“Dr. Hirning embodies the talents and experience that Williston State College has come to expect from its leadership,” said board member Kathleen Neset, of Tioga. “We are confident that Dr. Hirning is the right person for this role, and his experience exemplifies the mission and vision of this campus and community.”

Hirning began his teaching career at Turtle Lake-Mercer High School. He most recently served as regional associate vice president for National University in California.

The announcement came after the board interviewed Hirning and Scott Molander, co-founder of Hat World Inc. and former CEO of Lids Sports Group. Two other finalists dropped out. A total of 29 people applied for the job.

Hirning will assume office following the retirement of John Miller in June 2021.