NDSU President Bresciani: Later, Bitches

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani doesn’t need this shit. He really doesn’t. He’s got better things to do. He’s from Napa Valley. He just wants to relax with some red wine.

Getting roughed up by the local media? No, thanks. Pissy legislators mad that he’s not chummy enough? Dean’s gonna pass. He’s taking his talents elsewhere. Going somewhere warmer, where everyone isn’t such a pain in the fucking ass all the time.

The big news is he’s a finalist for president at Ohio University in Athens, a better-paying job at a bigger school. If he’s picked, he’ll avoid having to deal with proposed 15 percent budget cuts to higher education in North Dakota. At Ohio U, no cuts are planned.

Dean’s most outspoken hater, Forum Communications blogger Rob Port, reacted with an expected erection. “Dean Bresciani moving to Ohio would be great for him and great for North Dakota,” he wrote.

NDSU is the best performing university in the state (with the possible exception of the University of North Dakota). But Rob has a different standard for assessing Dean’s progress.

“That university in Fargo is one of our state’s most important institutions, but the man in charge of it isn’t trusted or liked by a very large faction of the public or their representatives in the Legislature.”

Is that so? He’s certainly well liked and trusted on campus. In October, NDSU students and faculty both passed resolutions showing overwhelming support for him.

Rob thinks the mark of a great academic leader is his ability to cozy up with politicians. Sounds awful. Dean’s not interested.

“As most of you are aware, I’ve always expressed a sincere interest in remaining at NDSU for some time to come,” he wrote students in an email. “However, during the past few months some of those opportunities became particularly attractive.”

See ya!

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