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D.C. Coston Named Acting President of Dickinson State University

Posted on 8/15/2011

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Debra A. Anderson, Director of Public Affairs & Marketing
North Dakota University System
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BISMARCK, N.D. - The State Board of Higher Education today named D.C. Coston as acting president of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D., effective Aug. 22, 2011.

"D.C. Coston has the leadership skills and professional expertise needed to guide Dickinson State University through this transition," said Bill Goetz, chancellor of the North Dakota University System. "He will work closely with the university's senior leadership team, faculty, staff and students."

Coston currently is North Dakota State University's vice president for agriculture and university extension and is responsible for the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, the NDSU Extension Service and the Northern Crops Institute. He oversees more than 800 faculty and staff members and annual expenditures exceeding $90 million.

Coston will take a leave of absence from NDSU to serve as acting president of DSU, pending further board action. He will earn an annualized salary of $205,320.

Prior to joining NDSU in 2005, Coston 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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