My advice for new NDSU president David Cook? Don’t be Dean Bresciani


MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota State University’s new president, David Cook, has been on a tour of the state he’ll be calling home for the foreseeable future.

I was flattered when he requested a one-on-one meet-up here in Minot while traveling through. During our late lunch, eating french fries and cheese curds at High Third , he asked for some advice. That wasn’t unique to me; he’s been doing that everywhere he goes.

I obliged. Don’t be your predecessor, I told him.

Don’t be Dean Bresciani.

That man has been lionized by some. Mainly the Bison football fandom and the reporters who cover it, but those of us in public policy circles remember him as a renewable source of completely unnecessary rancor.

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