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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published May 14 2010

Three names advance for NDSU presidency

Dean Bresciani, John Gardner and Gary Miller are the three North Dakota State University president finalists who will interview with the state Board of Higher Education.

The search committee unanimously selected the three on Thursday to forward to the board.

The committee had no discussion and made the decision within minutes.

The committee did not select Bill Ruud, a University of North Dakota alumnus who is president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Bresciani is adjunct professor and former vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M University. Gardner is vice president for economic development and global engagement for Washington State University. Miller is provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita (Kan.) State University.

Committee member Kate Haugen, associate vice president for student affairs, made the motion to forward the three names.

“The three candidates that we’re moving forward, they all bring different strengths and backgrounds, but the core is they all would be a good fit,” Haugen said after the meeting.

The only comment about the candidates during the meeting came from Kevin McCaul, dean of science and math, who said, “I think that’s a great idea,” prompting chuckles from the group.

Committee members spent the bulk of Thursday’s meeting thanking each other for their work.

Committee Chairman Steve Swiontek said afterward he thought there might be more discussion, but the committee has previously had lengthy discussions about the candidates after reference checks and campus visits.

Miller and Bresciani also are candidates for other jobs. Miller is a finalist for the Missouri State University presidency and Bresciani is a finalist for vice president of student affairs at San Jose State University.

Swiontek said they’ve indicated they’re still very interested in the NDSU position.

The Board of Higher Education will interview the three finalists and name a president during the May 24 meeting.

“It will be a tough job for us,” said board President Richie Smith.

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