President Delivers Positive Message in Address
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 15:10
NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani presented his fourth State of the University Address presented Oct. 10 in Festival Concert Hall, to a packed house.
The core of his speech centered around his belief that NDSU is currently at a historical turning point.
He highlighted the school’s progress from when he started, including reaching a top level ranking from Carnegie Commission of Higher Education. He also stated that he wants to move the university forward by adding faculty positions and scholarly services. Bresciani says the number of positions he plans to add could be the largest in NDSU’s history.
In the area of facilities, Bresciani said that there were exciting opportunities to be had with NDSU’s new STEM classroom building project, an addition to the R-1 building in the Research and Technology Park and the nearly complete third phase of the Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse. Renovations are in the works to revamp the food production laboratory of the College of Human Development and Education and the rededication is scheduled for the newly remodeled Minard Hall.
Bresciani also said the university will be developing much stronger support for the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences, which he said “has become one of our most exciting areas of growth and success in meeting state needs for graduates in those fields.”
Bresciani said the university faced a major financial crisis as he began his presidency in 2010, but NDSU’s budgetary picture has improved substantially, setting the stage for outstanding achievements. “By my very purposeful design, we have become the institution of choice for students seeking a traditional, residential, full-time degree in a rigorous research university environment, and who intend to and do graduate in four years,” Bresciani said. “Those NDSU graduates, in increasing numbers, are the economic backbone of our state’s future success as they enter their careers or the increasingly strong graduate programs we offer. As a matter of fact, this fall we are reporting a record number of graduate students as well.”
Bresciani also says changes in NDSU’s redesigned business model allowed the university to increase its reserve funds. That has improved the school’s bond rating and means lowering or elminating what he says has been a “smothering” interest rate on those bonds.
“As a result of those reinvestments we are moving beyond an admirable vision, to the delivery of what only the best universities in the nation can offer the people they serve,” he said in closing. “At the same time, we are remaining the student focused, land-grant research university that is our tradition, our foundation and what we are increasingly and uniquely known for on a nationwide basis. Thank you for making our dreams become our reality, with the ultimate objective of better encouraging the success of those we serve.”