UND hires consultants to review Faison, top athletic officials

GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy has hired a consulting firm to review top officials in the athletic department.
UND athletic director Brian Faison told his head coaches to set up a meeting with a consulting firm between the days of Sept. 11-13, according to an email obtained through an open records request.
The email was carbon copied to athletic department heads Kyle Doperalski (associate athletic director for external operations), Kara Helmig (associate athletic director for compliance) and Daniella Irle (deputy director of athletics, senior women’s administrator).
The consulting firm Bob Murney, Murney & Associates met with UND head coaches individually earlier this month in a conference room at Hyslop Sports Center.
Kennedy, along with university spokesman Peter Johnson, was asked about the consulting firm’s intentions during a weekly conference call with reporters last Tuesday.
Kennedy declined to comment.
Days after the conference call, Johnson followed up with emails stating Murney & Associates has been tabbed throughout Kennedy’s tenure to provide consultation to a variety of UND departments, as well as the university’s new strategic plan, “One UND.”
Murney & Associates not only spoke with head coaches, but with Faison, as well. On Sept. 11, Faison received an email from Colleen Simcoe of Murney & Associates. Simcoe told Faison that “Murney & Associates Inc. has been retained by UND to facilitate the Hogan Assessments Series with you.”