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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published September 30 2010

Costs cited as reason NDSU again suspends distinguished professor program

North Dakota State University’s distinguished professor program will be put on hold for at least another year as a cost-saving measure.

“Simply put, I have no money for anything,” President Dean Bresciani said Wednesday.

But Bresciani, who will give his first state of the university address today, said adding new faculty to the rank of distinguished professor is a high priority.

Former President Joseph Chapman launched the program three years ago to recognize outstanding faculty.

Recipients receive a $20,000 raise and an annual budget of $5,000 to use for teaching or research.

Seven professors were given the honor in 2007, which was announced during Chapman’s state of the university address.

Two more were added in 2008, but none was added last year.

NDSU Provost Craig Schnell said the return of the program will depend on what happens to funding during the next legislative session.

“We have distinguished faculty, there’s no doubt about that, it’s just a matter of cost saving right now,” Schnell said.

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