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Incoming president will be a few days late

Better late than never. Dickinson State University's incoming president Dr. Richard McCallum is going to arrive a few days later than previously discussed. McCallum originally agreed to a start date of March 31, but is now moved to April 5. "We d...

Better late than never.

Dickinson State University's incoming president Dr. Richard McCallum is going to arrive a few days later than previously discussed.

McCallum originally agreed to a start date of March 31, but is now moved to April 5.

"We discussed that with (current DSU President) Dr. (Lee) Vickers, and we're working through all of that," North Dakota University System Chancellor Bill Goetz said.

Vickers said he is staying on the additional time he is required.

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"I'm staying on until he starts, and we are trying to figure out exactly when that's going to be," Vickers said earlier on Tuesday.

Goetz said McCallum, currently vice president for academic affairs at Missouri Southern State University, is getting a late start in part to finishing up an accreditation process at his current institution.

"That was part of it," Goetz said. "They asked him to finish up a couple of things and be present where there's a visit there. That's all that amounted to."

Goetz is looking at a two-week transition period to help McCallum get started in his new role as president.

"That's something they'll have to work out between the two of them," Goetz said. "If they can work that through, that will be very, very beneficial for a good start."

Vickers said he and McCallum had not yet determined a plan for how to transition, but agreed to stay on and help. Vickers said they would work out a plan with the assistance of Goetz.

"The chancellor is in constant contact with the two of us," Vickers said.

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