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Coston Named President at Dickinson State University

Posted on 1/19/2012

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John R. Irby, Public Affairs Consultant
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BISMARCK, N.D. - The State Board of Higher Education today named D.C. Coston as president of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D. Since Aug. 22, 2011 he has been interim president.

"I have nothing but positive things to say" about Coston, said Bill Goetz, chancellor of the North Dakota University System. "He has wonderful support from the community," including the faculty, staff, students and university constituents, said Duaine Espegard, SBHE vice president. And board president Grant Shaft added, "He's the right person to make the difficult decisions that will need to be made in the future."

Before serving as interim president, Coston was North Dakota State University's vice president for agriculture and university extension and was responsible for the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, the NDSU Extension Service and the Northern Crops Institute. He oversaw more than 800 faculty and staff members and annual expenditures exceeding $90 million.

His annualized salary was $205,320. Chancellor Goetz will negotiate a contract for approval, to be considered at the next board meeting.

Prior to joining NDSU in 2005, Coston served as the associate director and chief operating officer of Oklahoma State University's Agricultural Experiment Station, Stillwater, Okla., and as the interim associate director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. He also was a faculty member and administrator at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., and a faculty member and extension specialist at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Coston earned a bachelor's degree at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., and a master's degree and doctorate at Michigan State University, East Lansing Mich.

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