On Tuesday, the State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Jim L. Ozbun as interim president of Dickinson State University.
Current DSU President D.C. Coston recently informed North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott that he is stepping down on August 15 due to health concerns ahead of his originally planned retirement date in February.
Ozbun will begin serving as interim president August 17.
The board agreed that the time frame for the interim service would be negotiated by Hagerott with Ozbun, depending on the needs of the university and the successful search for a permanent president.
The search for the next DSU president began immediately after Coston's February announcement, and a presidential search committee was formed in April.
DSU's fall semester begins August 24.