"Despite having to run a university hit with massive budget cuts and the loss of dozens of faculty members, NDSU achieved an impressive record under Bresciani's watch," writes InForum columnist Jim Shaw.
Dr. Vernon Smith is speaking this week at North Dakota State University's Challey Institute as a part of the Menard Family's Distinguished Speakers Series. His work has focused on natural resources, experimental economics, and the roles trust, love, and empathy play in society.
Outgoing NDSU President Dean Bresciani, measured by his job performance as the leader of an academic institution, was not good at his job. That's why his contract wasn't renewed by the state Board of Higher Education. Yet he's widely seen as a successful president because of the success of NDSU's football team during his tenure, a reflection of the same cruddy priorities that lead the NDSU Foundation to raise 10 times more for athletic scholarships than they did for math/science scholarships.