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Nate White named new Sanford Fargo leader

Current Fargo leader Paul Richard set to retire later this year

FARGO, N.D. – Nate White has been named to Sanford Fargo’s top leadership role as the executive vice president. He will start in August.

Nate WhiteWhite 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.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

Nadine Aljets

Sanford Health Media Relations

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