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Diederich elected to Association of Community College Trustees Board

Posted on 10/4/2013

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Kirsten Diederich, Ph.D., Fargo, N.D., president of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, was today elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). The election took place at the organization's 44th annual Leadership Congress being held in Seattle, Wash. Diederich had been serving a one-year term to which she was appointed and was also recently appointed to serve as the ACCT Coordinator for the Western Region.

"I am honored to be selected to the ACCT Board of Trustees where my experiences at the system level of governance will provide the Board with a unique perspective," said Diederich. "Our system has encouraged our community colleges to respond to their communities' needs and our state's needs. Our community colleges have worked hard to be visionary, responsive and innovative in helping our students prepare for their careers and in providing the state with the workforce it needs - in times of boom or bust. As an educator myself, I firmly believe that community colleges are the backbones of our education system. It's critical that public policy supports them and encourages them to flourish. Our job as Board members is to listen to and consider many viewpoints but speak in a unified voice as we promote understanding of our mission and the ultimate success of our students."

The mission of ACCT is to foster greater understanding of and appreciation for community college boards; support boards in their efforts to develop public policies focusing on meeting community needs; help build board governance leadership and advocacy capacity through in-service education and training programs; and support boards through specialized services and programs.

Diederich recently retired from a 16-year career as an assistant professor of biology at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., where she taught cell biology, anatomy and physiology, and evolutionary psychology. She graduated from Fargo North High School and attended the University of North Dakota for three years before earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from North Dakota State University. She went on to earn a master's in entomology and a doctorate in zoology from NDSU.

Diederich was recently appointed to the Fargo YWCA Board and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association. She has served on the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center board of directors and has been involved in fundraising activities for NDSU and the FM Symphony. She also has served on the First Lutheran Church Council and as a volunteer for the FM Humane Society.

Appointed to the SBHE in 2010, Diederich's term expires June 30, 2014.



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