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Dr. D.C. Coston named president of Dickinson State University

Posted on 1/19/2012

The State Board of Higher Education announced that Dr. D.C. Coston has been appointed president of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D., effective immediately.

Coston was appointed acting president of DSU by the SBHE in August 2011 and has been actively working with students, faculty and staff since his appointment.

"I have greatly enjoyed my time at Dickinson State and am looking forward to engaging with students, faculty, staff and the community of Dickinson," said Coston. "Western North Dakota and the west river region is a beautiful and vibrant area. I am looking forward to being a part of these communities as we grow together."

Prior to joining DSU in 2011, Coston served North Dakota State University's vice president for agriculture and university extension, and was responsible for the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, the NDSU Extension Service and the Northern Crops Institute. In addition, Coston has served as the associate director and chief operating officer of Oklahoma State University's Agricultural Experiment Station, Stillwater, Okla., and as the interim associate director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. He also was a faculty member and administrator at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., and a faculty member and extension specialist at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Coston earned a bachelor's degree at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., and a master's degree and doctorate at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

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