Nate White named new Sanford Fargo leader

White is the chief operating officer for Sanford, a position he’s held since 2012. He is the successor to longtime administrator Paul Richard, who will retire later this year after overseeing the merger of MeritCare and Sanford Health and the construction of a $494 million medical center in Fargo.

“Nate started with us as an intern in 2000, shadowing me for about a year,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health. “I’ve known since I met him that he has the drive and the knowledge to be an asset to our company and the communities we serve. I’m thrilled to see what he does in Fargo, and I believe in him both personally and professionally.”

In 2006, White became associate general counsel for Sanford Health, where he advised leaders on legal and operational issues. In 2012, he became chief operating officer.

White graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 2000 and earned his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence.

He grew up on a family farm in South Dakota and says his rural roots instilled a strong work ethic and sense of pride in him. It also helps him understand the communities Sanford serves and the needs of those regions.

“Sanford has given me many opportunities to grow and develop,” said White. “And to be able to step into this role in Fargo – and continue the outstanding work that Paul has done – is an honor.”

White and his wife Annette, who is also an attorney at Sanford, have two children and will make their home in West Fargo.

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