UPDATE: Bresciani signs 'term sheet' that ends his Presidency in 18 months
NDSU President Dean Bresciani will step down as the University’s president in December, 2022.
Bresciani signed an agreement worked out by the State Board of Higher Education. The agreement – called a “Term Sheet” – says Bresciani will remain at NDSU after his Presidential term ends.
Bresciani will become a "distinguished professor" and will become a tenured faculty member.
In a statement, Bresciani said he will continue to put his energy and passion into helping NDSU be successful, and supporting the search for the new President.
The University System’s evaluation of NDSU President Dean Bresciani points out some issues with his leadership.
The evaluation said the research position of NDSU has been eroding over the past several years. At the same time, enrollment has dropped in the past seven years from 14,700 students to 12,800 students. It also said NDSU has been slow to adapt to new technology in delivering courses, to adapt new cyber-security protocols, and to deal with non-traditional students. It said Bresciani has been slow to support providing agricultural education to people in western North Dakota. It criticizes the approach Bresciani took to hire a new provost – which earned a censure from the NDSU Faculty Senate – and it said Bresciani has been slow to hire a new Vice President for Research.
In his response, Bresciani said he was disappointed at the “overall negative tenor of the summary.” He said he is proud of what NDSU has accomplished in his 12 years as President.