BISMARCK — A retired North Dakota State College of Science academic will lead the school in the interim as state leaders search for the next president.

The State Board of Higher Education appointed Harvey Link on Thursday, Oct. 28, as the interim college president. He will take over for President John Richman in December.

“I continue to be thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me as a member of the NDSCS family and will always have a deep allegiance to NDSCS, our students and the many colleagues I have worked with over the years,” Link said in a statement. “It will be an honor to work with my colleagues again, and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Richman announced earlier this year that he would retire as president of NDSCS. He has been with the school for 35 years, including about 15 years as the college’s leader. He will leave his position on Dec. 17.

A search committee recently began its work to find the next president. After hosting several listening sessions, the North Dakota University System announced Wednesday that it was accepting applications for the post.

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Link was with the college for 43 years in various roles, including an agriculture instructor; dean of the arts, science and business division; and vice president for instructional advancement in government relations. He was the vice president of academics when he retired in May.

“Harvey can provide valuable service to the college and the NDUS over the upcoming months, and his experience and knowledge of the college will be useful while guiding the institution through this period of transition," NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott said in a statement.