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Amy Dalrymple, Published November 30 2009

10 questions with Joseph Chapman

Today is President Joseph Chapman’s last day at North Dakota State University.

Chapman said he’s considering a wide range of things to do next, from writing a book on transformational leadership to doing consultant work.

“Really, I’ve got a lot of different options,” Chapman said. “What I want to do is think through what I want to do in the next stage of my journey.”

Chapman and his wife, Gale, plan to spend a few weeks traveling and will eventually settle in Colorado.

The Forum asked Chapman 10 questions before he leaves NDSU.

The first thing I will do on my day off is read The Forum online and look forward to the next part of our journey.

The best advice I ever got was transformational leadership can’t be done without taking risks. My longtime mentor, Dr. Mike Pelzar, who was vice president of research and graduate studies at the University of Maryland, told me that many years ago.

My favorite mementos from NDSU are the signed game balls from various athletic events.

If I didn’t become university president, I would have pursued an academic career in wildlife ecology as a researcher and teacher.

What I will miss the most is the energy and enthusiasm of the students.

One thing I’m looking forward to is being more involved in national issues.

The proudest moment in the move to Division I athletics was over this last year when we had seven teams advance to post-season play.

The biggest surprise about NDSU was the enthusiasm the people of the institution had for moving forward to a new level.

If I could change one thing about my time at NDSU it would be, in hindsight over an 11-year tenure, there are a number of things I would have done differently.

If I could be remembered for one thing, it would be having been part of a transformational change at NDSU.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590