Hagerot a most visionary leader

One doesn’t expect groundbreaking ideas to be rolled out this time of year. It’s election season, so one can guarantee mediocre, inoffensive dialogue void of specificity and rich in slogans, pathos and all the wisdom that’s fit to print on bumper stickers or in 140 characters.

In the media world, this is also the time during which candidates for various offices tend to make their appearances, along with the usual visits by sitting officials, delegations and interest groups all of which can be enlightening and sometimes informative.

This year, it’s interesting to point out a most impressive, even visionary public figure whose recent visit very much excited the editorial board of the Minot Daily News. That gentleman is Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, and the entire state should be pleased he is on the job.

In a wide-ranging discussion of issues that encompassed education, economics, technology and their synergy, Mr. Hagerott proved himself to be one of the most forward-thinking, savvy, realistic and knowledgeable figures to visit with us in recent memory. His vision of how education should work, how new technologies should be incorporated into and utilized by the university system and in economic development is light years ahead of any other ideas voiced by other state leaders. Furthermore, he is able to offer his various visions with specifics grounded into today’s realities rather than the focus group inspired ambiguity of the politician. If he is able to see actualized his ideas, North Dakota will become the education model for the 21st century U.S.

No offense to political candidates, including messrs. Stenehjem or Burgum, who recently visited to share their thoughts, but it is Mr. Hagerott who has been the most impressive guest in these offices.

Best of luck to you, Mr. Hagerott in your brilliant vision for our state’s future, and may the wind be ever at your back.