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Amy Dalrymple, Published November 18 2009

Fargo mayor proclaims today Joe Chapman Day

FARGO – Today is Joe Chapman Day in Fargo.

Mayor Dennis Walaker issued the proclamation this afternoon at a farewell reception for the North Dakota State University president.

About 250 people from campus and the community gathered in the Memorial Union to greet Chapman and celebrate his 11 years on campus.

Walaker said while working on the proclamation, it was difficult to keep Chapman’s accomplishments to one page.

Among the highlights he listed were NDSU’s record enrollment growth, the transition to Division I athletics and the growth in research spending.

Chapman’s last day at NDSU is Nov. 30.

A search committee to recommend his successor will be named at a meeting Thursday.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s Forum.