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Source: Grand Forks Herald, April 6, 1995

Steve Schmidt, Herald Staff Writer

The director of UND's Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center has resigned suddenly after just less than a year in the student affairs post.

Sandy Hoagland Wednesday confirmed reports he had resigned, effective May 31, but he gave ``no comment'' as to why.

He was the second cultural center director to resign with little explanation. His predecessor, Toni Scott, left last year following a closed investigation resulting from student complaints.

Hoagland also had been mentioned in a student complaint last fall. A UND panel investigated, keeping its findings under wraps because of student confidentiality laws. No wrongdoing by Hoagland had been reported.

Gordon Henry, vice president of student affairs at UND, said Hoagland announced his resignation in a letter Tuesday, and the cultural coordinator had said ``he didn't think the job was the best fit'' for him. Henry also said Hoagland cited a planned reorganization of student services as another reason for resigning.

Hardy Robinson of the cultural center's advisory board, said Hoagland's resignation was a disappointing reflection on the university's committment to minority student service. ``I'm extremely irritated, and I'm disappointed in President (Kendall) Baker, Henry, the whole administration.''