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Luke Brodeur, Published October 16 2009

Achievements are Joseph Chapman’s legacy

The job of a public educational institution is to serve its students. We represent its purpose, its body, and its product. And when we see outsiders speculating on our leader, we call into question why they should be determining how he is perceived in the public’s eye. It is our perception that should determine yours.

Here’s what we see. We see a completely refurbished union full of services for us students. We see a whole herd of sports teams that compete on a national level in their first year of Division I competition. We see a beautiful, world-class expansion of our campus in downtown Fargo. We see construction projects at every turn, aimed at improving and expanding the spaces where we learn.

We see a staff that is fully devoted not only to us students, but to making sure NDSU makes a positive impact on this community. We see a welcoming environment that each year draws more and more new faces hoping to experience all that the Bison have to offer. We see a man who is solely devoted to creating a positive environment for all who enter this community. And it would be a mistake for his legacy to be seen as anything less.