The State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) governs the policies of the North Dakota University System. Those that sit on the board consist of seven citizen members appointed to four-year terms by the governor and one student appointed by the governor to serve a one-year term. The Council of College Faculties selects the board’s non-voting faculty advisor, and the NDUS Staff Senate selects the board’s non-voting staff advisor. Click on the link below for more information about the State Board of Higher Education.
Annually, NDSA submits three of the most accomplished members for the governors review to appoint a student to the SBHE. North Dakota’s Student Member advocates for student interests directly to the board and is able to vote on those issues.
The 2021-2022 SBHE Student Member is Gracie Lian.
Gracie graduated from the University of North Dakota with Bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science. Currently, she is pursing her Master’s in public administration at the University of North Dakota. After completing her Master’s, Gracie plans to work in state or local government, a nonprofit organization, or a lobbyist for a cause that she believes in. She would also later like to return to pursue a Ph.D. She is a native of Grand Forks, ND and has been a part of the NDSA for four years, serving as the 2017-2018 UND Head Delegate, 2018-2019 Vice President of Communications, and as the 2020-2021 NDSA President. She also served as the 2019-2020 UND Student Body President.