In an afternoon letter to the campus community on Tuesday, Sept. 14, Armacost announced that it is in the “best interest of the university to part ways with Dr. Cara Halgren.” Halgren is the university’s vice president of student affairs. Plummer filed complaints against Halgren and Cassie Gerhardt, an associate dean of students and vice president of student affairs.
Armacost’s email was brief and succinct, and did not elaborate on his decision to terminate Halgren. UND has begun the hiring process for an external interim vice president for student affairs, and the university will “immediately” begin a national search for a permanent replacement in that position. Armacost asked people not to wonder about his decision, but instead to focus on the future.
“Undoubtedly, this news will impact many people on our campus, and I ask that you refrain from speculating about this decision,” wrote Armacost. “It is important that we, as a community, continue to work together to move forward.”
It was unclear as of Tuesday evening if the decision was effective immediately.