Tim Flakoll is the provost for Tri-College University (TCU), the higher education consortium between North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College, M State and the North Dakota State College of Science. The partnership in the Fargo Moorhead metro area has a combined enrollment of more than 35,000 students. He also serves as director of operations for the NDSU Downtown facilities.
He served on the North Dakota Senate Education Committee beginning in 1998 and served as chairman from 2012-16. He serves as past chair of the Council of State Governments Midwest which includes eleven states and four Canadian Provinces. He also served as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee for ten years and as vice-chair of the Senate Education Committee for four years. Flakoll has also chaired and served on the Select Senate Committee for Appointments to the Board of Higher Education. He was selected to serve as president pro tempore of the North Dakota Senate for 2013-2014 (rules limit to one term).
Flakoll’s past employment includes serving as general manager of the Fargo Moorhead RedHawks minor league baseball team.
Flakoll was a member of the Fargo Planning Commission, the Board of Directors for the Anne Carlsen Center for Children, Downtown Community Partnership Board, and the Vocational Training Center Board of Directors. He has held more than 30 offices in numerous community, state, and national organizations.
Flakoll's awards include the 2013 Advocate of the Year from the North Dakota Student Association, NDSU Preferred Professor award and NDSU Outstanding Organization Advisor award, the Children’s Champion award from the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, and Five Outstanding Young North Dakotans Award.
Senator Flakoll graduated from executive programs at both Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and the University of Oxford in England.
He has been a MHEC commissioner since 1999.