Murray Sagsveen was recently named Chief of Staff, Ethics Officer and Director of Legal Services for NDUS. He began his duties in November 2013.
Sagsveen has a long history in state government and law including 17 years in private practice. During his years in private practice, his clients included state agencies and political subdivisions. He also served as general counsel to multiple medical associations during that time, when he drafted legislation on complex legal-medical issues.
Sagsveen entered the U.S. Army in 1968 and later joined the North Dakota Army National Guard. At the time of his retirement in 1996, he was a brigadier general and the senior judge advocate in the Army National Guard. A year later he was recalled to active duty by Governor Schafer to serve as the State Flood Recovery Coordinator to assist Grand Forks and other cities in their recovery effort. He was recalled for that position again in 2011 in response to the devastating Souris River flood in Minot, ND.
After his first stint as State Flood Recovery Coordinator, Sagsveen was appointed as the State Health Officer. Later, he served as the general counsel of the American Academy of Neurology and chief executive officer of Leadership North Dakota.
"With his extensive experience in state government and law, General Sagsveen is just the person to be helping me shape and implement a solid organizational plan and coordinate the senior staff at the North Dakota University System," said Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen.
Sagsveen is also responsible for implementing legislation that consolidated the legal functions of the NDUS, bringing eight attorneys to be part of the system office. He will supervise the legal staff and help make sure that the NDUS is in compliance with the directives of the legislature and State Board of Higher Education, among other things.