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ANOTHER SCHOOL IN STRIFE
RICHARD LEFEVER WILL REPLACE FRANK KARNER AS ACTING UND GEOLOGY CHAIRMAN

The UND engineering school has named a new geology department chairman in response to concerns about faculty morale and lack of leadership. A report this month from an outside review team also has found "serious deficiencies" that could affect national reaccreditation of UND's geologic engineering program.

Dean of engineering, Mogens Henriksen, recently recommended Richard LeFever, an associate professor be named acting geology chairman in place of Frank Karner. This change is based on his judgment and that of "a number of faculty" that administrative improvements had to be made. LeFever will continue as a geology professor. The Department of Geology and Geologic Engineering has 13 faculty.

The dean, needing information to better allocate engineering resources in view of tight budgets for faculty invited a team of  faculty members from other states to visit UND in December to access the geology department. The review team found several problems the engineering school and its geology department are now trying to address. Among the findings:

"I, strongly support Rich LeFever, and I'm really encouraged by what he's done. I feel it's a time for a change."

Former Chairman Karner said "I think the outside reviewers, who were here a day and a half, have a limited perspective of the department. Therefore, there are parts of their report that are inaccurate. I wish they had had more time." Karner said he and Henriksen differ on a number of issues.

 

Grand Forks Herald , January 10, 1992