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ND Council on the Arts announces appointment
of new Board Chair Dr. Shawn Oban

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North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Shawn Oban, Ed.D. of Bismarck, as its Board Chair. Oban was appointed by Governor Burgum effective October 1, 2022. He has served on NDCA’s Board of Directors since August 2020.
Statement from Shawn Oban: “I am honored to have been appointed the chair of this critically important board. During this time of recovery, isolation, and mental health challenges, I believe there has never been a more important time to celebrate and participate in the arts.”
Dr. Shawn Oban has lived in the Bismarck community almost his entire life, a product of Bismarck Public Schools’ Riverside Elementary, Wachter Junior High, and Bismarck High School graduating in 1991. Shawn currently serves as an elementary principal at Horizon Middle School as well as all of Bismarck Public Schools as the Fine Arts Coordinator and earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota in December 2015.

Outside the school walls, Shawn is a working musician, having played around the Bismarck community for the past 25 years with several groups, as a solo act, and for countless charities and events. In 2012, his dedication as a musician, a leader in education, and a fierce advocate for children and the arts was recognized by being named to Bismarck Tribune’s “40 under 40”. In June 2016, he was elected to the Bismarck City Commission serving one term.
NDCA gives sincere thanks to Searle Swedlund for his time and outstanding efforts during his five and a half years of service on NDCA’s Board of Directors, with over two of those years as Chairman of the Board. His resignation, due to a move to Minnesota, was effective on October 1, 2022.
NDCA's board consists of nine members - one from each of the state's regions, and one member-at-large, each of whom is appointed by the governor for a five-year term. Additional information on each of the board members, as well as the regions they represent, is available on the NDCA’s board of directors webpage.
North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota and is funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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