Henry "Bud" Wessman
Wessman graduated from Milaca High School in 1955, then earned a bachelor of science degree with distinction in Physical Therapy in 1959 at the University of Minnesota. Wessman returned to the University of Minnesota Medical School where he obtained his master of science degree, with a physical therapy major and psychology minor. He taught at the University until 1967 when he was invited to initiate the physical therapy program at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He remained at UND for 26 years, serving as Chairman and Professor of Physical Therapy and later as Adjunct Professor of Health Law.
Wessman served as mayor of Grand Forks 1986-1989, then completed law school and was admitted to the North Dakota Bar. He was twice elected to the Grand Forks City Council and also served eight years as mayor.
Wessman was also elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives. In 1993, he was invited by North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer to join his cabinet as Director of Human Services. He served in that
capacity until 1997.
Bud is now the Corporate Appeals Resolution Manager of Noridian Administrative Services, LLC. He has been active on the Corporate Board of ElimCare, the parent corporation for the Milaca Elim Home and Country Meadows.
In 2010, Wessman was awarded the prestigious Sioux Award bythe University of North Dakota Alumni Foundation, the group’s highest award for community service and leadership.