Former UND administrator takes key role at the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation

Laura Block has been hired as the chief operating officer of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation, according to the foundation’s chief executive officer, Edward O’Keefe.

Block recently served as associate dean of administration and finance at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Before that, she was the CFO of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation for more than 10 years. During that time, Block worked with the UND Spirit Campaign, which raised more than $324 million for the university.

“It’s exciting,” said Block, in a Tuesday, Sept. 14, phone call with the Herald. “The vision of both the board and (Edward O’Keefe) portray what it’ll do for North Dakota. If you thought what a benefit, what an asset it would be, clearing the doors already, (it’s) a magnet for tourism. Adding this to the repertoire out there will really put, I believe, North Dakota on the map.”

O’Keefe, also a Grand Forks native, said that much like the library project itself, Block’s filling of the CFO position is “providential.”

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