|Norwegian American Foundation re-elects Gjovig and elects Opstad to board|
Bruce Gjovig of Grand Forks has been re-elected to the board of the Norwegian American Foundation for another three-year term, and Steinar Opstad of Sarpsborg, Norway has been elected to the board for a three-year term. Gjovig currently sits on the executive committee of the foundation, serving as treasurer. The quarterly board meetings were recently held in Seattle Washington.
The Norwegian American Foundation is an international nonprofit created in 2001 with the vision of furthering cooperation among all Norwegian American organizations and strengthening the ties with Norway and people throughout North America who, through ancestry and interest, have a special relationship with Norway. One of their initiatives is bringing news to North America about contemporary Norway and the Norwegian American community to ensure that new generations in both countries are aware of the history and strong bonds between the two countries. The Norwegian American Foundation's information system is built around http://www.Norway.com , the largest gateway to modern Norway with over 15 million annual readers and the national newspaper, the Norwegian-American Weekly.
Gjovig is entrepreneur coach and director of the UND Center for Innovation and has served as the Chair of Nordic Initiative since 1997, and initiative to foster education, trade, technology and cultural exchanges with the Nordic countries and the Northern Red River Valley. Nordic Initiative is composed of 45 volunteers who champion various connections with Nordic countries.
Opstad is the founder of The American College of Norway in Moss, Norway, a project he undertook in cooperation with UND. Opstad is a retired business and communications executive and the recipient of an honorary UND degree in 2008.
Loren Anderson is President of the Norwegian American Foundation. Anderson is a native of Rugby, North Dakota, a graduate of Concordia College and has been president of Pacific Lutheran University since 1991.