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Hitchcock resigns from Hawks Point

Bob Hitchcock

Bob Hitchcock is out as executive director at Hawks Point retirement community.

Calling his departure an "unexpected resignation," Hitchcock said Tuesday that he offered his resignation to the senior community run by the Dickinson State University Alumni & Foundation on Monday.

"I wasn't looking to resign," Hitchcock said. "But it was in the best interest that I resign at this time. I'm looking forward to exploring other opportunities to build on my passion for this age group."

Noting that there are a number of changes occurring at Hawks Point, Alumni & Foundation CEO Kevin Thompson confirmed Tuesday that Hitchcock was moving on.

"Mr. Hitchcock approached us (Tuesday) afternoon and let us know that he wished to resign and pursue other opportunities," Thompson said. "We allowed that to happen as we continue to work through some issues through the Dickinson Investment Company."

Thompson said he couldn't elaborate on the issues and added that the foundation is in talks with a new management company that could be put in place at Hawks Point soon, though no agreement had yet been signed.

Hired at Hawks Point in December of 2010, Hitchcock said he is proud of the work he and the staff at the community have done the past several years.

"We did some things that I think had a positive impact on people," Hitchcock said. "We ran a program that was generally full for the entire time that I was there. We started some great programs with Dickinson State University and there are some things that are planned for the next couple of years that could, technologically, improve the quality of life of residents there and really put DSU and Hawks Point on the leading edge of some things for seniors."

Hitchcock said he doesn't have any immediate plans for his career, but that he and his wife, AJ, hope to stay in Dickinson.

"When we got here, we fell in love with the city of Dickinson," Hitchcock said. "The growth and the things that are happening in this city lend itself to my being able to look at some other things where I could continue the passion that I have for working with seniors."

Hitchcock said "all parties involved were fair" pertaining to his resignation and that he wished everyone at Hawks Point well.

"The relationship between the university and Hawks Point has been tremendous," Hitchcock said. "DC Coston has been an excellent mentor for us. I think a lot of the staff at DSU recognizes the value of Hawks Point to the university. I think there's a very bright future for that partnership if they continue with some of the things that we started."

Billing itself as an active senior community, Hawks Point is located on the DSU campus and is home to close to 100 residents who can take advantage of education and activity opportunities through the university.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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