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Marv Leier, BA - Bio Sketch

Marvin (Marv) Leier is the communications manager at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

In this position, Marv promotes the activities of the CRH through video content, media relations, social media, feature writing, exhibiting, and special events. He is responsible for the communications and planning efforts associated with the American Indian Health Research Conference, the R-COOL-Health Scrubs Programs, Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, and other CRH-sponsored events.

Prior to joining UND, Marv spent 10 years in local television at WDAZ TV and KTHI TV. Before moving to the CRH, Marv spent 26 years as the Creative Services director for the UND Television Center and also as the senior director for UND's student news and information show, Studio One. During his time at the Television Center, Marv worked with numerous CRH programs to develop video content that helped promote and share the work being done within the Center. Marv is a native of Linton, North Dakota. He graduated from UND with a bachelor's degree in communications.


Established in 1980, the CRH is one of the nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, healthcare providers, and most important, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns.