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President's Desk

Transitioning to a new normal

Monday March 29, 2021

Greetings from Valley City State University! It was almost exactly one year ago – March 20, 2020 – that we made the decision to deliver academic instruction online for the remainder of the spring semester. This was the week following spring break and, while difficult, it was the correct decision to make for the health, safety and welfare of our ...

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“Success is the result of a collective effort”

Monday March 15, 2021

A recap of the House Appropriations Committee budget presentation On Wednesday, March 10, I had the privilege of representing VCSU in our budget appropriations presentation to the House Appropriations Committee. Other VCSU representatives who joined me and provided testimony that day were Student Senate President Angeline Gannon, Vice President for Business Affairs Wesley Wintch, and VCSU Foundation Executive Director Larry ...

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Student leadership exemplified…

Monday March 1, 2021

One of the best perks of being a university president is the opportunity to see students thrive, succeed, and lead. Angeline Gannon, a junior from Bismarck, checks all three of those boxes. She serves with distinction as the president of the VCSU student senate and is highly respected by her peers and colleagues across the entire North Dakota Student Association. ...

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Spring semester growth sets new enrollment record

Tuesday February 16, 2021

Greetings from Valley City State University! This past week we were very pleased to announce another record-breaking semester of enrollment. Our recent total headcount of 1,632 students and 1,501 undergrads represents our sixth straight year of record enrollment in the spring semester. Additionally, our undergraduate institutional FTE (full-time equivalent) increased to 1,068 and the total FTE increased to 1,119. The ...

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Presenting to the Senate

Monday February 1, 2021

It was my privilege to represent VCSU during our Senate Appropriations Committee presentation in Bismarck on January 19. This was a tremendous opportunity for us to share some of the successes of the past biennium and our planning efforts for the future. Here are a few highlights from that presentation: Continued national recognition from U.S. News and World Report; VCSU ...

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Capital campaign update – inclusions

Tuesday January 19, 2021

We are excited to embark on the first ever capital campaign for Valley City State University! Our plan is to raise $25 million for the benefit of the students and institution. Our mission to provide our students the best possible experience in the classroom and in athletic competition continues, but as I’ve mentioned before, we’ve outgrown our athletic and student ...

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2020 Year End Column

Monday January 4, 2021

2020 has certainly been a year the world will remember – with great moments and difficulties alike. At VCSU, 2020 was no different. We faced the challenge of dealing with COVID-19 and delivering quality education during a pandemic, but also experienced milestones and achievements that all contribute to a year we won’t forget. Beginning in March, our campus shifted to ...

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Accomplishment recognized…

Sunday December 20, 2020

Commencement is a time of reflection on the past, celebration of the present, and anticipation of the future. This past week we had the privilege of recognizing 95 graduates at our 6th Annual Winter Commencement Exercises. The experiences of our graduates have been shaped by numerous people, programs and opportunities throughout their time at VCSU. Faculty, staff, coaches, peers and ...

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Changing campus landscape and celebrating success…

Monday December 7, 2020

Greetings from Valley City State University! I just returned to my office following an exciting “walk-through” of the new Center for the Arts. Several members of the new building’s steering committee were guided on a tour by Nate Lange from J.E. Dunn Construction. It was informative, impressive, and exciting, to say the least! Construction projects are, by their nature, exciting ...

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All for which we are thankful…

Monday November 23, 2020

Greetings from Valley City State University! Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and express appreciation. It is one of my favorite times and holidays of the year. While we know that many of the traditional celebration gatherings with family and friends may be impacted by the pandemic, we can still reflect on all for which we are thankful. With ...

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