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Brock: Who should be the next president of DSU?

I attended a community forum hosted by North Dakota Board of Higher Education Chancellor Larry Skogen on Wednesday evening. The forum sought input from community members as to what qualities they would want in Dickinson State University's next pr...

I attended a community forum hosted by North Dakota Board of Higher Education Chancellor Larry Skogen on Wednesday evening. The forum sought input from community members as to what qualities they would want in Dickinson State University’s next president. DSU President D.C. Coston last week announced he would be retiring as soon as his replacement is found.
Skogen asked the group what type of leadership style they would like to see in the next president. Hardworking and innovative was the group’s general consensus. In my mind, hard working is easier to define than innovative. But still, what qualifies as hard working? Someone who spends so much time at work that he or she sleeps in the office? I looked up the definition of innovative in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and it describes someone who introduces new ideas and is original and creative in thinking. Next, chancellor asked what qualities the community were looking for in DSU’s next president. The overwhelming response was integrity, which, according the Merriam-Webster, is the quality of being honest and fair. Honest is free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere and fair is in accordance with the rules or standards; legitimate. Finally, the group was asked what type of communication style the new president should possess? Open and persuasive were the most consistent responses. Open communication is defined as a policy intended to ensure that folks are able to find out everything they want to know about their organization. Persuasive is defined as good at persuading someone to do or believe something through reasoning or the use of temptation. Urgency was a common theme through the forum. Folks want the next president on board as soon as possible. Restoration was another theme requested to reconnect DSU with the Dickinson community and the surrounding four states and Canadian provinces that have been historically fertile grounds for attracting students. I left the meeting and agreed with Skogen. Despite the desire to get it done quickly, hiring the next president is not going to be easy or quick. I tried to paint a picture in my mind of what the perfect new president would be like. He or she would be a person unafraid to try new things, replace ideas and people that aren’t working - no matter how popular or unpopular those decisions may be. He or she would be someone completely open about the process and encourages open discussion, and review from staff, students and community. He or she should be someone who doesn’t speak in half-truths or sells their ideas based on merit. He or she should benefit student, staff and community - in that order. Brock is the publisher of The Dickinson Press. Email him athbrock@thedickinosnpress.com or call him at 701-456-1201.I attended a community forum hosted by North Dakota Board of Higher Education Chancellor Larry Skogen on Wednesday evening. The forum sought input from community members as to what qualities they would want in Dickinson State University’s next president.DSU President D.C. Coston last week announced he would be retiring as soon as his replacement is found.
Skogen asked the group what type of leadership style they would like to see in the next president. Hardworking and innovative was the group’s general consensus. In my mind, hard working is easier to define than innovative. But still, what qualifies as hard working? Someone who spends so much time at work that he or she sleeps in the office?I looked up the definition of innovative in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and it describes someone who introduces new ideas and is original and creative in thinking.Next, chancellor asked what qualities the community were looking for in DSU’s next president. The overwhelming response was integrity, which, according the Merriam-Webster, is the quality of being honest and fair. Honest is free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere and fair is in accordance with the rules or standards; legitimate.Finally, the group was asked what type of communication style the new president should possess? Open and persuasive were the most consistent responses. Open communication is defined as a policy intended to ensure that folks are able to find out everything they want to know about their organization. Persuasive is defined as good at persuading someone to do or believe something through reasoning or the use of temptation.Urgency was a common theme through the forum. Folks want the next president on board as soon as possible.Restoration was another theme requested to reconnect DSU with the Dickinson community and the surrounding four states and Canadian provinces that have been historically fertile grounds for attracting students.I left the meeting and agreed with Skogen. Despite the desire to get it done quickly, hiring the next president is not going to be easy or quick.I tried to paint a picture in my mind of what the perfect new president would be like.He or she would be a person unafraid to try new things, replace ideas and people that aren’t working - no matter how popular or unpopular those decisions may be. He or she would be someone completely open about the process and encourages open discussion, and review from staff, students and community. He or she should be someone who doesn’t speak in half-truths or sells their ideas based on merit. He or she should benefit student, staff and community - in that order.Brock is the publisher of The Dickinson Press. Email him athbrock@thedickinosnpress.com or call him at 701-456-1201.

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