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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published April 25 2010

President candidates to visit NDSU

The first of four North Dakota State University president candidates will visit campus today through Tuesday.

Each candidate will spend two and a half days in Fargo, touring the campus and community and meeting with various groups.

“We’re hearing that there definitely is interest in getting to meet the candidates and getting to know them better,” said Steve Swiontek, chairman of the search committee.

Committee members will collect evaluation forms from people who meet the candidates and use that information as they determine finalists, Swiontek said.

Dean Bresciani, adjunct professor and former vice president for student affairs for Texas A&M University, is the first candidate to visit.

The other candidates are John Gardner, vice president for economic development and global engagement for Washington State University; Gary Miller, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita (Kan.) State University; and Bill Ruud, president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Those candidates will visit during the next two weeks.

“We want to get them on campus and get them exposed so they understand and get a greater appreciation for the community and the campus,” Swiontek said.

The salary range the state Board of Higher Education has approved for the NDSU president is $286,000 to $338,000.

However, Chancellor Bill Goetz said it’s unlikely a new president would start at the high end of that range.

The committee meets May 13 to select three names to forward to the board. Board members will then interview all three and select a president.

The starting date will depend on the candidate. The search committee has said a new president should begin no later than this fall.

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