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New NDSU President traveling North Dakota

NDSU President David Cook
Dave Thompson, Prairie Public
NDSU President David Cook

NDSU’s new President is touring North Dakota to meet NDSU alumni, local leaders, Legislators and other key stakeholders and supporters.

David Cook started the job May 17th. But he said he had already been engaging with faculty, staff and supporters.

"A lot of listening, a lot of trying to figure out where the opportunities are," Cook said. "Before I jump too quickly, I'm getting a sense of what's out there.

Cook said he knows there are issues out there that need to be tackled.

"But before I jump all the way into the deep end, I'll be listening and getting some advice from people," Cook said. "That's kind of what we're doing here."

Cook said the biggest challenges facing NDSU are the same ones facing higher-ed in the state, and nationally.

"Demographics are challenging, especially in the Midwest," Cook said. "Enrollment's tough, and that creates some budget problems."

Cook said he wants to tackle that head-on.

"We have to be a little innovative, a little creative, and really start to think about who we need to be over the next 10, 20, 30 years," Cook said. "It's a challenge, but it's a huge opportunity, and I find it very exciting."

Cook’s tour began in Bismarck. Other scheduled stops include Watford City, Wahpeton and Grand Forks. He also plans to visit Extension locations during their annual Field Days.

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