BISMARCK — Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen announced Wednesday, July 3, he plans to retire next year, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Skogen, 66, was hired in 2007 and spent two of his 12 years serving as interim chancellor for the North Dakota University System. He is the sixth president in BSC's 80-year history. He plans to retire effective June 30, 2020.

His accomplishments as BSC president include forming educational agreements with all branches of the U.S. military and adopting a new mission for the college as a polytechnic institution.

University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott called Skogen an "innovative president" and "one of the most esteemed servant leaders" in the system.

"He will be sorely missed," Hagerott said.

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"I’m incredibly proud to have been at BSC during a transformative period for our campus and higher ed. The time is right for a new leader to step in and take BSC into a new era as a polytechnic," Skogen said. "BSC’s next president is a lucky person."

As of July 1, Skogen’s salary is $204,296 per year.