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Richard Hanson, interim president at North Dakota State University, spoke at a public forum Thursday afternoon on the first day of his two-day visit to Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. He is the fifth and final presidential candidate to visit BSU and NTC. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

NDSU interim president gets top job at BSU

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Park Rapids Enterprise
NDSU interim president gets top job at BSU
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today appointed

Richard A. Hanson as president of Bemidji State University and Northwest

Technical College.

Hanson, 60, has been interim president of North Dakota State

University since Dec. 1, 2009. Previously, he served as president of

Waldorf College; professor of sociology, vice president for academic

affairs and dean of the college, all at Augustana College; associate

vice president for academic affairs, associate director of human

development in the Extension Service and director of the Family Studies

Institute, all at North Dakota State University; and chair of the

Department of Home Economics at California State University, Chico.

"We had some great candidates, but we're confident that Dr.

Hanson is the best candidate," said Trustee Ruth Grendahl, who chairs

the board's Human Resources Committee. "He demonstrated a good

understanding of the community, and we believe he will be an equally

good leader for the campus."

Chancellor James H. McCormick said, "Dr. Hanson's broad range of

experiences as a sitting president will give him a head start on leading

these two institutions. I look forward to seeing how the university and

college continue to grow with his leadership."

"I think the Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical

College match is a distinct challenge, and I look forward to it very

much," Hanson said. "The pairing of this university and technical

college is going to be one of the most fascinating in my career. The

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an attractive one in

which to work, and I am pleased to be part of it."

Hanson also has held interim positions at North Dakota State

University that included vice president for academic affairs and dean of

the College of University Studies. Hanson earned his bachelor's degree

in sociology and his master's in child development and family relations,

both from North Dakota State University, and a doctorate in applied

behavioral science from the University of California-Davis.

He will replace Jon Quistgaard, who is retiring. He will take office

July 12.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32

state universities and community and technical colleges serving the

higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 260,000

students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 164,000

students in non-credit courses.

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