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State Capitol – 600 E Boulevard Ave – Dept.

Bismarck ND 58505-0230
Phone: 701.328.2960 Fax: 701.328.2961
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April 12, 2019

President Mark Kennedy

University of North Dakota
300 Twamley Hall
264 Centennial Dr. Stop 8193
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Re: Notice of Resignation

Dear Mark:

Congratulations on the news being named the sole finalist for the office of President at the University of
Colorado. I would like to thank you for all your efforts on behalf of the University of North Dakota and
the North Dakota University System over the last three years, and we wish you the very best in your new
role in Colorado.

While I have not received a formal notice of resignation, on April 10, 2019 you sent a statement to the
UND community. In it, you stated that you were “excited for this new opportunity, but sorry to leave
UND” and that you “look forward to . . . returning to witness UND’s continued success.” You have also
been quoted in many news accounts as stating that your last day as President of UND will be June 15,
2019, including in the UND Today publication, which stated that you would be “departing UND in June.”
Under the circumstances, we view the April 10, 2019 statement, along with your statements to media
outlets since then, as a de facto notice of resignation effective June 15, 2019. On behalf of the North
Dakota University System, I accept your de facto notice of resignation.

If you disagree with any aspect of this letter, please contact me immediately so we can discuss the path
ahead. Time is of the essence, as we will need to immediately begin the process of appointing an interim
President and beginning a formal search for your replacement.


Mark. R. Hagerott, Ph.D.


The North Dakota University System is governed by the State Board of Higher Education and includes:
Bismarck State College • Dakota College at Bottineau • Dickinson State University • Lake Region State College • Mayville State University • Minot State University
North Dakota State College of Science • North Dakota State University • University of North Dakota • Valley City State University • Williston State College

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