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Supporters of outgoing NDSU president Bresciani create fund in his honor

The President Dean L. Bresciani Endowed Chair in Leadership will support campus leaders who are advancing NDSU’s mission.

Dean Bresciani
Dean Bresciani.
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FARGO — Alumni and friends of North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani have established a fund in his honor as his 12-year presidency draws to a close.

Gifts totaling more than $3 million were made to establish a “first of its kind” endowed chair in leadership.

The President Dean L. Bresciani Endowed Chair in Leadership will honor and support campus leaders who are advancing NDSU’s mission, the NDSU Foundation said in a statement Friday, April 29.

The creation of the fund was kept secret until its unveiling at the NDSU Foundation’s Evening of Distinction event held Thursday night at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

Bresciani's presidency will end May 16, and he's announced plans to take on a tenured professor position in health sciences and education.

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“President Bresciani’s legacy of leadership at NDSU has been transformative and touches every corner of campus,” said NDSU Foundation President and CEO John Glover. “And the people whose lives he touched wanted to honor him into perpetuity by establishing this endowment.”

The President Bresciani Leadership Chair will be an appointment made by a selection committee to include NDSU’s president, provost, faculty and staff senate leaders, student government leaders and Foundation leadership.

The position will rotate every three years.

Those eligible to hold the chair will be faculty and staff members, program or center directors, department heads, coaches and others with a track record of leadership success, the NDSU Foundation said.

Gifts are still being accepted to support the endowment.

In June, the State Board of Higher Education voted to not give Bresciani a two-year contract , despite his counterparts at other state universities and colleges getting such contracts. The board allowed him to stay on as president until his replacement takes over.

The state board chose David Cook as NDSU's next president . Cook is currently the University of Kansas vice chancellor of public affairs and economic development.

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