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Burgum appoints higher education board members

BISMARCK – Human resources executive Donald “D.J.” Campbell of Mandan has been appointed to a four-year term on the state Board of Higher Education starting July 1, and University of North Dakota student Maxwell Eriksrud has been named to a one-year term as the board’s student member.

Gov. Doug Burgum announced his appointments Wednesday to fill the two seats.

Campbell has served as a vice president and chief human resources officer for Sanford Health since 2020. He attended Bismarck State College and earned a bachelor’s degree and master of business administration degree from Minneapolis-based Capella University. Campbell will succeed board member John Warford of Bismarck, who declined to seek reappointment to a second term. Campbell’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the North Dakota Senate when the state Legislature convenes in early 2025.

Eriksrud is double majoring in accountancy and entrepreneurship with minors in chemistry and biology and has an expected graduation date of May 2026. He grew up in Chaska,

Minnesota, and in the summers helped his uncle and grandfather on the family farm near Scranton. He also is the managing director of finance for Dakota Venture Group, a student-run venture capital fund with $2.4 million of investments, as well as vice president of the Men’s Soccer Club and a member of the UND Jazz Band.

The Board of Higher Education has eight voting members appointed by the governor, including one student member, and two non-voting members who represent the North Dakota University System’s faculty and staff. The board oversees the system’s 11 public colleges and universities.

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