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Minnesota native named president of Norway’s largest university

BEMIDJI - Curt Rice, the son of Bemidji residents Cal and Pat Rice, has been named president of Norway's largest university. Curt Rice, 52, has been named the rector -- or president -- of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Scienc...

BEMIDJI - Curt Rice, the son of Bemidji residents Cal and Pat Rice, has been named president of Norway’s largest university.

Curt Rice, 52, has been named the rector -- or president -- of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, according to a news release on the institution’s website. He will assume his new position on Aug. 1.

Curt Rice lives in Norway with his wife, Tove Dahl, who is the dean of Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji and a professor at the University of Tromsø.

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences is Norway’s largest such institution.

Curt Rice is originally from Minnesota and earned his bachelor's degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

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“I look forward to meeting the faculty, staff and students and working closely with them and our other partners to write HiOA's next chapter,” Curt Rice said in the release.

He formerly was a professor at the Department of Languages and Linguistics at the university in Tromsø. He earned his doctorate in general linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin.

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