Coston stepping down as DSU president

D.C. Coston is stepping down as Dickinson State University’s president on Aug. 15.

In an email sent to DSU staff Monday evening and obtained by The Dickinson Press, Coston said health reasons led him to the decision.

The NDUS board will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. MDT Tuesday in Bismarck to appoint an interim president to begin serving in the role by Aug. 17. DSU’s fall semester begins Aug. 24.

When Coston announced his plan to retire in February, he said he anticipated stepping down when his full-time replacement was hired. He reiterated that plan in his email.

“However, over the past few weeks I have had some health issues that have led me to a change in plans,” Coston wrote.

The search for the next DSU president began immediately after Coston’s February announcement and a presidential search committee was formed in April.

Monday was the fi nal day the North Dakota University System accepted applications for the position.

“Please know that I believe in DSU and I believe in you,” Coston wrote in the email. “Each one of you has contributed to the story of Dickinson State and is part of the fabric of this institution and the bright future that is being woven here. Many people describe Dickinson State as a family, as a community, and that is what it truly is.

“I am confident that this wonderful institution’s brightest days are ahead. I look forward to following the continuing story of DSU.”

Author: Dustin Monke

Former newspaper editor. Now I market the best baked goods and donuts in America. But every once in a while, I write a cool story too.

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