Incoming UND President Tweets Support For School’s Unmanned Aircraft Program

UND’s incoming president is showing some Twitter love for unmanned aircraft systems prior to his arrival on campus.

Mark Kennedy is set to take the reigns July 1 but is already touting at least one of the university’s programs.

“With drones 4 commercial use exploding, your place to learn how u can be part of this exciting future is at @myund,” he tweeted today, along with a link to a Wall Street Journal story about the technology’s role in the future of workplaces.

Kennedy was one of few candidates that referred to the school’s UAS program and surrounding unmanned industry during this hiring process.

He said during an initial interview for the position he wants to transform UND to be the best university in the Upper Midwest and continue to grow the university’s role in unmanned aircraft systems.

“If you look at driving the economy, some of the areas you’re doing research in are high potential areas for growing the economy,” Kennedy said. “I think your area of unmanned aerial systems — they’re going to be as ubiquitous as iPhones in the future. You’re the first school to offer programming in that area, you’re the first state to have a test (site) location. That ought to be an area of key focus where UND can contribute to state economic growth and to the potential future aspirations of your students as well.”

Kennedy comes to UND from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. He also is a former Republican congressman for Minnesota’s Sixth District.