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Doctor of Philosophy in Vocational Management with major area in Computer Information Systems / Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado / August, 1975 —-United States Congress Educational Professional Development Act Leadership Awardee Grant from Wisconsin / 1974-1975

Master of Arts in Business Education with a minor in Accounting / University Of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota / May, 1972

Bachelor of Science in Business Education with a minor in French / Mayville State University, Mayville, North Dakota / May, 1970

High School Diploma / Cavalier Public High School / Cavalier, North Dakota / May, 1966




University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota / 11 hours

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa / 4 hours

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa / 2 hours

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois / 6 hours

Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota / 2 graduate hours





Management Information Systems – FULL PROFESSOR (since 1991) teaching computer subjects in the College of Business

Including: social media, computer application classes, Internet/Intranet classes, communication classes, graduate computer/Internet workshops, graduate MIS classes, telecommunications, continuing education Internet workshops, and consultant/evaluator for the North Central Association and past member of NCA Accreditation Review Commission. Publications, development and teaching of Online Blackboard Internet classes. SRT Communications Board of Directors. Group leader for International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. 2007-2009 Department Chair of the Business Information Technology Department. North Dakota State Senator, District 5, Minot, North Dakota 2002-2010. (Appropriations, Technology, Education, Agriculture Committees) Elected to the Minot City Council (2010-2016) 2011 IACIS Ben Bauman Award of Excellence and SRT Communications, Inc. Board of Directors (2000-2015)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP at the Minot State University Business And Community Assistance Center. Created a business incubator venture plan, Wrote business plans for clients, did feasibility studies, worked with Economic development agencies and wrote grant proposals for funding. 1992-1993


Minot State University / 3,900 students / Minot, North Dakota – 1985 to Present (Department Chair – 2007-2009)


                      Accomplishments (1985 – Present)

 Developed and taught various online Internet classes and columnist for the Minot Daily News – BIZNET 101: The Internet and Your Business. President of International computer organization (IACIS), elected to National Governors’ Vocational Advisory Councils’ Board of Directors, and served as a manuscript Reviewer for the IACIS. Published professional articles, obtained several Grants, made International presentations, active in community activities, Telecommunications, economic development and politics. Initiated these Firsts: Online Internet classes, Internet and Intranet Programs, kids Computer camps, graduate computer classes, telecommunication class, classes Using Web Pages and databases, interactive television meetings for local Schools, Developed 7 WebCT Classes and Elected to the Board of Directors, SRT Communications, Inc. (2000-2012) and North Dakota State Senate (2002-2010) Elected to Minot City Council (2010-2012) and Chair/Consultant Higher Learning Commission (1980-2012)


Associate Professor teaching and directing the business teacher education Program, business communications, supervision, methods class, MBA Communications class, microcomputer workshops and member of AACSB Review Committee. Department of Office Administration / Business Education.

Murray State University / 7,500 students

Murray, Kentucky — 1984 to 1985


                        Accomplishments (1984 – 1985)

Supervised student teachers and coordinated graduate business education Program. Appointed to the Kentucky Task Force on Entrepreneurship. Advised The Phi Beta Lambda and DECA Chapters, coordinated conferences for business Teachers, DECA, and FBLA. Served as chairperson of the teacher admissions Committee and served on the college of business undergraduate programs Committee and staff development committee. Served on the College of Education teacher education advisory committee. Revised the college graduate Catalog and recruited students. Manuscript reviewer for the Society of Data Educators and attended several national conventions. Gave seminars to Business and industry and presentation at national meeting. Rotary member And on AACSB review committee.


Director. This position gave the institution, the leadership, and direction necessary to meet the educational needs of the students and community in Vocational-technical education programs.

East Grand Forks Area Vocational Technical Institute (650 ADM)

East Grand Forks, Minnesota — 1983 to 1984


                        Accomplishments (1983 – 1984)

Worked with local board of education, local faculty union, faculty Committees, community relations and state senate majority leader. Coordinated projects with superintendent of schools and local civic leaders. Developed and supervised budgets. Attended state budget hearings, acquired New programs and services. Advised the state director of vocational Education and initiated a new program through the Governor’s office.Initiated a $700,000 building addition.


Dean of Instruction. This position gave the instructional program the Leadership and supervision necessary to meet the educational needs of the Students and community in college transfer, special needs, and vocational Programs. Obtained new program funding grants and industry funding.

Ellsworth Community College (2800 FTEE in District)

Iowa Falls, Iowa — 1978 to 1983


                        Accomplishments (1978 – 1983)

Administrator with the following responsibilities: assigned faculty Instructional loads, completed program evaluations, directed staff Development, prepared class schedules, member of building committee, Supervised bookstore operations, developed grant applications, developed new Programs and curriculum, coordinated the curriculum committee, promoted the Learning resource center, evaluated instruction, directed articulation Efforts with colleges and universities, supervised special needs and Departmental budgets, improved faculty communication, coordinated with Adult And Continuing Education classes, updated the college catalog, director of The Kellogg Project through the University of Texas, worked with the Department of Public Instruction on State Plan committee, supervised federal And state enrollment FTEE, vocational follow-up, graduation, and otherReports. Coordinated the student registration process, supervised the Computer work dealing with registration, instructor load, transcripts and Time pattern. On North Central Association Self-Study Steering Committee. Served on the Department of Public Instruction’s Curriculum and Exemplary Funding Committee. Taught data processing course at Ellsworth Community College. Coordinated CETA and JTPA projects and secondary linkages, Appointed NCA Evaluation Team Member, on district data processing selection Committee, made Board presentations, served on curriculum committee, staff Development committee, steering committee, worked with advisory committees, Area Planning Council, and concurrently was the Vocational Director.

Assistant Professor teaching data processing/information systems subjects, Vocational education teacher certification subjects, and administrative Management.

Department of Office Administration and Business Education

University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire / 11,000 Students

Eau Claire, Wisconsin — 1976 to 1978


                        Accomplishments (1976 – 1978)

Served on MBA Curriculum Committee, co-director of two department workshops, Director of Gregg Methods Conference registration. Appointed to policy board Of the Business and Office Division of the American Vocational Association. Developed Specialist Degree Brochure, Master’s Degree Brochure, and Department Proposal Writing Course. Judged regional FBLA Miss Future Business Teacher Contest. Funded minicomputer workshop through the State Board of Vocational Education. Appointed to Eau Claire Junior Achievement Board of Directors and served as Phi Beta Lambda advisor; Babe Ruth Baseball, executive director; and Sunday school teacher at Trinity Lutheran Church. Gave in-service computer programs to secondary schools.

Postsecondary Coordinator for Vocational Education. Responsible to the State Board of Public Education and administratively assigned to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Director of postsecondary vocational Educational centers and liaison to the State Board of Regents.

Vocational Education / State of Montana     Helena, Montana — 1975 to 1976


                        Accomplishments (1975 – 1976)

Worked with State Board of Public Education, the Executive Officer for Vocation Education, the State Advisory Council for Vocational Education, Montana Vocational Association, Legislative Analyst, Governor’s Fiscal Analyst, Board of Regents, Board of Education, State’s Community Colleges And Universities, State’s Postsecondary Vocational Centers, Commissioner of Higher Education, the State’s Labor and Governor’s Manpower People, andServed as the Northwestern Curriculum Center Representative.


United States Congressional EPDA Fellowship Awardee and administrative intern with the assistant Vice-president for academic affairs and Dean of Professional Studies.

Colorado State University / 18,000 students Fort Collins, Colorado — 1974 to 1975


                        Accomplishments (1974 – 1975)


National registration chairman for EPDA Seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana. Acting president for the Vocational Administration Club. Member of EPDA Education Committee. Researched projects in consumer education and In-service needs of CSU department chairpersons. Doctor of Philosophy Degree.


Instructor Teaching Data Processing Subjects — Department of Office Administration and Business Education

University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire / 11,000 students

Eau Claire, Wisconsin — 1973 to 1974


                        Accomplishments (1973 – 1974)


Co-chairman of the 14th Annual Business Education Workshop. Wrote part of 1974 summer school brochure. Attended four national conventions and Developed the Specialist Degree Brochure.


Business Instructor with experience in consumer education, management, Business law, keyboarding, office and distributive education, coaching, and Club advising.

Department of Business Education

William Fremd High School / 2,600 students

Palatine, Illinois — 1971 to 1973


                        Accomplishments (1971 – 1973)

Head Freshman football coach with three assistants. Letterman’s Club Sponsor. Initiated a distributive education and a consumer education program.

Graduate Teaching Assistant supervising student teachers and the shorthand Laboratory.

Department of Business Education

University of North Dakota / 8,000 students

Grand Forks, North Dakota — 1970 to 1971


                        Accomplishments (1970 – 1971)

Directed registration at the World Institute for Vocational Skills. Elected To Delta Pi Epsilon and Pi Omega Pi. Coached the Rowe’s Rebel Softball Team To an undefeated season.

Student Teacher of Bookkeeping and French

Mayville State College and Mayville High School / Spring Quarter 1970

Mayville, North Dakota — 1966 to 1970


                        Accomplishments (1966 – 1970)

Treasurer of student body. President of Tri-V Organization. Elected to whose Who in American Colleges and Universities. Member of residence hall and paper staffs. Received Wall Street Journal Award. Lettered in inter-collegiate football.


                         ADJUNCT TEACHING POSITIONS

Adjunct Professor, “Management Information Systems,” MBA Program, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota / 1992-2005. Program academic advisor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University during 1997-1998.  Also Graduate Paper and Research Reader for over 230 MBA students.

Adjunct Professor, “Management Information Systems,” Institute for Career Development, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan / 1988-1991. (Air force Bases/North Dakota and Fort Riley/Kansas)-Graduate Education

Adjunct Professor, “Business Computer Systems Class,” Management Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa / Fall Semester, 1983.

Director/Instructor, Computer Camp, Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, Iowa / August 1982 and 1983.

Adjunct Professor, “Computer Concepts Class,” Business Education Department, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa / fall, 1982 – spring, 1983.

Adjunct Professor/Coordinator, Graduate Course — “Workshop in Microcomputers,” Business Education Department, University of Northern Iowa; Classes offered in Iowa Falls and Marshalltown, Iowa / Spring Semester, 1981.

Adjunct Professor, “Teaching Methods Class,” Industrial Education Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa / Spring Semester, 1980.

Adjunct Instructor, “Data Processing Classes,” Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, Iowa / 1978 – 1982.

Visiting Professor, “Organization and Administration of Adult programs,” Business Administration Department, Western New Mexico University, Silver City, New Mexico / July, 1977.


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