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Special - Greg Rohde

Greg Rohde
A state champion distance runner, setting state records in the 1600 meter run , 3200 meter run, 3200 meter relay, and an All-American High School Athlete in track in 1980. Greg Rohde was an ambitious and dedicated athlete throughout his high school and college years. After graduation from CHS, Greg attended Colorado University and NDSU on a track and cross-country scholarship; here, Greg earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with majors in philosophy and sociology. He then went on to earn a graduate degree in theology from the Catholic University of America.

The leadership, stamina and discipline developed on the track followed Greg into his professional career where his achievements have matched his academic and athletic accomplishments. A senior policy advisor in U.S. Senator Dorgan's office for 10 years, Greg was instrumental in the development of valuable telecommunications legislation, including the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which represented sweeping reform of the telecommunications and media industries. Greg continued his public service when President Clinton nominated him to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communication and Information where he made it a priority to close the digital divide, striving to make advanced telecommunications available in inner-city and rural areas; he also became a leader in promoting the use of wireless technologies.

In the private sector, Greg founded and presided over e-Copernicus, a telecommunications consulting firm. Greg also served on several boards, including the E9-1-1 Institute, a not-for-profit organization supporting the deployment of emergency communications systems throughout the country.

Greg possesses a passion for public service, believing he can make a positive difference and benefit people's lives. As a public servant, Greg's peers and reviewers characterized him as honest, able and dedicated to serving the public interest.

"Throughout his exemplary career, Greg has never forgotten his North Dakota roots. He has been a tireless advocate for the unique needs of a rural state. Greg is a modern day renaissance man."

- Byron Dorgan, U.S. Senator -

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