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Forum staff reports, Published May 14 2010

Richard Hanson recommended for presidency of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College

ST. PAUL - Interim North Dakota State University President Richard Hanson will be recommended for appointment as president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick.

Hanson has been interim president of NDSU since Dec. 1. Previously, he served as president of Waldorf College; professor of sociology, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.; associate vice president for academic affairs, associate director of human development in the Extension Service and director of the Family Studies Institute at NDSU; and chairman of the Department of Home Economics at California State University, Chico.

“We are very pleased to recommend that Richard Hanson join our leadership team,” McCormick stated in a news release. “His accomplishments and wide-ranging experience demonstrate that he has the leadership skills to continue building these two fine institutions – Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.”

Hanson also has held interim positions at NDSU that included vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of University Studies. Hanson earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and master's in child development and family relations, both from NDSU, and a doctorate in applied behavioral science from the University of California-Davis.

The new president will replace Jon Quistgaard, who is retiring. The Board of Trustees is expected to act on the recommendation on May 19 meeting.