Richard H. Solberg, Fargo, serves as board chairman of Bell Bank. From 1968 to 1982, he worked for First National Bank, Grand Forks, N.D., and Citizens State Bank in his hometown of Finley, N.D. Solberg was named president and CEO of Citizens State Bank in 1979. Solberg became president and CEO of Bell Bank (at that time State Bank of Fargo) in 1982.
During Solberg’s tenure at Bell, the bank grew from a single north Fargo location to a regional bank and trust company, with multiple banking locations in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Solberg’s son, Michael, was named Bell Bank's president in January 2009 and CEO in 2014.
Solberg has served on numerous boards including the F-M Economic Development Corporation and the Concordia Board of Regents. He has received the college’s Alumni Achievement Award, President’s Award, Regents Award and Mission Medallion. Solberg and his wife, Jo Ellen, live in Fargo and have 3 grown children and 11 grandchildren.