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Keynote Speaker
Sonia Cowen, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
North Dakota University System
Sonia Cowen

As the chief academic officer of NDUS, Dr. Cowen oversees all academic and student affairs functions within the system including policy development, implementation management, and multi-campus coordination. She has more than 30 years' experience in senior to executive academic posts, including responsibilities for academic and student affairs in three statewide university systems. Dr. Cowen was contracted by the U. S. Army and Air Force to teach leadership to officers and recruits. She has served in various capacities as faculty and administrator in institutions that are similar in mission to NDUS - community colleges as well as regional and research universities. Her work has been published in numerous national refereed journals on topics specific to higher education, including leadership, accreditation, critical thinking and use of simulation-modeling-visualization technologies. She has been appointed to various national and state advisory boards and task forces, including rural revitalization, P-16 advisory, workforce investment, accreditation and reciprocity.

Dr. Cowen earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Administration from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash.; her Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.; and her bachelor's degree in English from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.

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