Former North Dakota University System Chancellor dies

Photo by: Robert Potts - Facebook
Photo by: Robert Potts - Facebook

(Bismarck, ND) -- A former leader of the North Dakota University system has died.

Robert Potts died last Friday at his home in Florence, Arkansas after a battle with cancer. Potts served as chancellor from July 2004 to August 2006.

"The North Dakota University System and the State Board of Higher Education offer their condolences to the Robert Potts family as their loss is mourned," said the NDUS in a statement released to WDAY Radio. "Potts served in leadership positions in academia throughout his entire life; his legacy of leadership in higher education is celebrated and his many contributions are recognized. He never forgot about North Dakota and made many lifetime friends here, oftentimes coming back to the state to enjoy the outdoor activities that the state has to offer."

His tenure was marked by a clash with then-North Dakota State University President Joseph Chapman over the authority of the chancellor.

Potts was 78-years-old.