FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ Kirsten Diederich of Fargo is the new president of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.
The board elected Diederich on Thursday. Terry Hjelmstad (JELM'-sted) of Minot was named vice president of the board.
The board voted unanimously to elect Diederich and Hjelmstad.
Diederich is a retired Concordia College biology professor. She replaces Duaine Espegard (EHS'-peh-gahrd), a retired Grand Forks banker and former state lawmaker.
The Board of Higher Education has eight voting members. It oversees North Dakota's university system.