DSU Presidential Search begins with Listening Sessions

February 25, 2015

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, Board Chair Terry Hjelmstad, Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen and Vice Chancellor Linda Donlin traveled to Dickinson State University to kick off the search for the next president of that institution. Six listening sessions were held throughout the day with members of the Faculty Senate; Staff Senate; Student Senate; President’s Cabinet; Faculty, Staff and Student body in an open forum; and community members in an open forum.

Chair Hjelmstad thanked retiring President D.C. Coston for the excellent job he has done during his tenure, leading DSU through some challenging times, while helping to ensure that the university’s accreditation was maintained and students were reaching their full potential.

“Dickinson State University is a hub of intellectual and cultural opportunity to build upon in the community. We are interested in finding a visionary person who can lead you into the future,” Hjelmstad said.

Interim Chancellor Skogen also thanked Dr. Coston for agreeing to stay on while the search was conducted and outlined the steps necessary to get the search process started. Then he asked the attendees to describe the characteristics they thought were important for the next President of their university. Their comments will be analyzed for common themes and will become part of the profile for the Presidential Search.

The State Board of Higher Education will appoint a Chair from its ranks for the Search Committee at its next meeting and will consider approval of an RFP for a search firm to coordinate the process. Search Committee members will come from DSU faculty, staff and students and the local community. The next president will likely be in place sometime late next fall.

Photo provided courtesy of Andrew Brown, The Dickinson Press.