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John Q. Paulsen: Legacy of Service

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The Fargo Moorhead Chamber is proud to announce John Q. Paulsen as the 2010 Legacy Leader. Mr. Paulsen will be honored at the Chamber's 13th Annual Meeting on September 9.

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John Q. Paulsen has played a large role in leading and contributing to the Chamber of Commerce, the Fargo Moorhead area, the State of North Dakota and beyond. A native of Fargo and graduate of North Dakota State University, Paulsen’s outstanding and important contributions to this region have led the Chamber to recognize him with the 2010 Legacy Leader Award.

In 1964, Paulsen was named Fargo’s Outstanding Young Man. Thirty years later he had retired after a distinguished career as Executive Vice President of MeritCare Medical Group, the predecessor organization to Sanford Health. In 1995 he was named a distinguished fellow by the American College of Medical Practices, an organization he had previously served as President. In the same year, Paulsen was named Group Practice Administrator of the Year by the American Group Practice Association.

In 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by North Dakota State University. Two years later, he was appointed by North Dakota Governor John Hoeven to a four-year term on the State Board of Higher Education, including two years as President of the Board. 

His passion for education included service as a member of the Board of Directors of the NDFSU Alumni Association and longtime service, including as President, of the NDSU Development Foundation Board of Trustees. He served nine years on the Board of Education, including a term as its President.

Paulsen has been extremely active in Fargo area civic and cultural activities, including as past chair of the board of directors for the Plains Art Museum, and as president of Prairie Public Broadcasting Company’s board of directors, the Fargo Public Library Board of Directors, and as President of the Fargo-Moorhead YMCA. He currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, as a member of the U.S. Bank advisory board, and as a member of the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation.  He continues his longtime service as Chair of the Fargo Planning Commission.

Past and present, Paulsen’s influence on our metro area is evident. His advice and opinions are regularly sought by decision makers and community leaders. Just as he values the importance of an individual’s unique perspective, the Chamber is proud to recognize this unique individual and how his impactful perspective has shaped our community.

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