Returns to the General Fund
The Legislature appropriates the transfer of capital to the state’s general fund. Every legislative session, the state’s budget needs are reviewed, and the amounts designated from BND’s capital will vary based upon the needs of the state and BND’s desire to maintain liquidity and capital.
Role in Disaster Relief
BND plays an important role in helping North Dakota residents get back on their feet after weather-related disasters impact their livelihood. More than $200 million has assisted residents since 1997.
Postsecondary Education Funding
A well-educated workforce is an essential component of a vibrant economy. Bank of North Dakota provides opportunities that help North Dakotans fund and make good decisions about postsecondary education from cradle to career.
The governing structure of the Bank of North Dakota has been remarkably stable. After initial controversy, oversight of the Bank was lodged in an elected board, consisting of the governor, attorney general and commissioner of agriculture and labor (agriculture commissioner after 1997). This Industrial Commission, as it was titled, would hire management for the Bank. The manager had various titles until 1969, when the title president was first used. After some controversy, an advisory board was established that same year, and the board’s involvement and importance has increased, though decision-making remains with the president and the Industrial Commission.
John H. Hoeven
John Hoeven was the first Bank president to move on to higher political office. He served as governor and successfully ran for Senator in 2010. Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, he received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 followed by a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1981.
Eric A. Hardmeyer
As the tenth of twelve children born to Ted and Lorraine, Eric Hardmeyer learned the value of service early. His father, Ted, was a Marquette graduate who served on every committee possible in Mott, North Dakota, in addition to being a business owner, entrepreneur, mayor and state legislator. Hardmeyer graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1985 with degrees in economics and political science.
Todd J. Steinwand
2021 – Present
Todd Steinwand grew up in Ellendale, North Dakota. He graduated from the University of Jamestown with majors in Business Administration and History-Political Science.
Todd has spent his entire working career in the banking industry. He joined Bank of North Dakota in 2015 as Senior Vice President of the Financial Institutions Market and was promoted to President in July 2021.