Former Sanford Foundation exec named state land commissioner

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A former executive for Sanford Health Foundation has been named North Dakota's new state land commissioner.

Jodi Smith, of Bismarck, was selected from a pool of 32 candidates. There were two other finalists for the job, current Land Commissioner Lance Gaebe and Douglas Lee, of Bismarck.

Smith served as vice president of the western region for Sanford Health Foundation for the last two years. She previously served as foundation director for Trinity Health Foundation in Minot and executive director of the St. John's Foundation in Billings, Montana.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in business administration from Regis University.

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