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2010-05-19

Richard Hanson named 10th president of Bemidji State University

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 19, 2010) - The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today appointed Richard A. Hanson as president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.

Hanson will begin duties as the 10th president of Bemidji State University on July 12, 2010

Hanson, 60, has been interim president of North Dakota State University since Dec. 1, 2009. Previously, he served as president of Waldorf College; professor of sociology, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, all at Augustana College; associate vice president for academic affairs, associate director of human development in the Extension Service and director of the Family Studies Institute, all at North Dakota State University; and chair of the Department of Home Economics at California State University, Chico.

“We had some great candidates, but we’re confident that Dr. Hanson is the best candidate,” said Trustee Ruth Grendahl, who chairs the board’s Human Resources Committee. “He demonstrated a good understanding of the community, and we believe he will be an equally good leader for the campus.”

Chancellor James H. McCormick said, “Dr. Hanson’s broad range of experiences as a sitting president will give him a head start on leading these two institutions. I look forward to seeing how the university and college continue to grow with his leadership.”

“I think the Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College match is a distinct challenge, and I look forward to it very much,” Hanson said. “The pairing of this university and technical college is going to be one of the most fascinating in my career. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an attractive one in which to work, and I am pleased to be part of it.”

Hanson also has held interim positions at North Dakota State University that included vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of University Studies. Hanson earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and his master’s in child development and family relations, both from North Dakota State University, and a doctorate in applied behavioral science from the University of California-Davis.

He will replace Jon Quistgaard, who is retiring. He will take office July 12.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 260,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 164,000 students in non-credit courses.


About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit bemidjistate.edu. Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.