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Anderson to Receive Chairman's Award from UGPTI

Posted: Oct 5, 2005

The former president of the Greater North Dakota Association, Dale O. Anderson, is being recognized for his service to transportation by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University.

Anderson will receive the institute's Chairman's Award which recognizes individuals for contributions to transportation research, education, and outreach at NDSU, and contributions to the viability of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. He will receive the award Oct. 11 at the institute's annual awards banquet in Fargo.

Anderson was director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute from 1972-1974. He served on the UGPTI Advisory Council representing the Greater North Dakota Association from 1997 to 2004. He served as chair of the council from 2000 to 2002.

"As director, Dale was responsible for putting the institute on a sound footing in terms of both personnel and budget," notes Gene Griffin, current UGPTI director. "His contributions as director are responsible for the institute's continued existence today."

Griffin also made note of Anderson's contributions as chair of the institute's advisory board. "He brought consensus building and teamwork to a new level on the council and was responsible for increasing the identity of the institute with state leaders."

Anderson retired as president of the Greater North Dakota Association in 2003. He began work at the GNDA, North Dakota's state chamber of commerce, in 1974 directing the group's agricultural, transportation and governmental affairs activities. He was named executive vice-president in 1979 and president in 1981.

"During his more than 30 years at the Greater North Dakota Foundation, Dale understood the importance of transportation for the business community in the state. His support for the transportation industry and his understanding of transportation issues helped build North Dakota's healthy economic foundation," Griffin says.

Anderson has served in a number of state and national organizations. He has also been active with North Dakota State University where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees. Anderson is on the NDSU Development Foundation Board of Trustees and Executive Committee and is past president of NDSU Team Makers. His professional career began as a professor in agricultural economics at NDSU in 1963. He was professor of agricultural economics until 1974 and director of the N.D. Water Resources Research Institute from 1968 to 1974. Anderson has also written numerous widely published articles dealing with various aspects of agricultural production and marketing and water resource development and use. His doctorate in agricultural economics is from Oklahoma State University.

Anderson is extensively involved in political activities, legislative programs and civic affairs. He serves on the Governor's Military Issues Task Force and the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Consensus Council. Nationally, he served as vice president of the Council of State Chambers of Commerce and as a member of the agricultural, small business and chamber of commerce committees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Anderson was district governor of Toastmasters International and was honored with the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. He is an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kiwanis, Masonic Lodge, Republican Party and the Elks.

Anderson and his wife, Claudia, are graduates of Dunn Center High School. They have two adult children and five grandchildren and live in Bismarck.

UGPTI news release
Oct. 5, 2005

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