Board chooses Darling as president

The State Board of Higher Education on Wednesday named Doug Darling to be the next president of Lake Region State College, in Devils Lake.

Darling is currently Lake Region State College’s interim president and Vice President of Instructional Services, a position he has held since 1998. He was previously the director of the Lake Area Vocational Technical Center in Devils Lake from 1995 to 1998.

“The Board is pleased to appoint such a highly qualified and experienced community college leader as Dr. Darling to continue to serve as the president of Lake Region State College,” said board president Duaine Espegard in a press release. “Under his leadership, we expect the college to make great strides forward in its mission to provide exemplary programs for the benefit of the people of North Dakota. We are confident that he is the right leader at the right time for the students, faculty and staff of Lake Region – and that he will continue to be an asset to the community of Devils Lake as well.”

North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid A. Shirvani added in the press release, “I have enjoyed my working relationship with Dr. Darling over the past eight months, and I believe the Board has made an excellent choice.”

Board member Dr. Terry Hjelmstad chaired the campus committee that screened applicants, interviewed semifinalists, and forwarded its recommend finalists for the position to the Board. “The Presidential Search Advisory Committee deserves credit for its thorough work,” Hjelmstad said. “The committee will be pleased by Dr. Darling’s permanent appointment, and I expect he will do an excellent job as he continues to lead Lake Region State College.”

Darling earlier served LRSC (then the University of North Dakota-Lake Region) as the continuing education coordinator and interactive video network site coordinator from 1991 to 1995, as the college’s public information officer from 1988 to 1995, and as a marketing and business computer operations instructor at LRSC from 1988 to 1991.

Darling earned a Ph.D. in occupation and adult education from North Dakota State University. He also holds a master’s degree in vocational education and a bachelor’s degree in marketing education, both from the University of North Dakota.