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Published December 15, 2011, 04:44 PM

State Board Fires Embattled Dickinson State Pres. For Inflating Enrollment

FARGO – The Dickinson State University president was fired Thursday by the state Board of Higher Education after a review found he inflated enrollment figures.

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications

FARGO – The Dickinson State University president was fired Thursday by the state Board of Higher Education after a review found he inflated enrollment figures.

The board’s decision to fire President Richard McCallum was unanimous.

The board affirmed a decision in August by Chancellor Bill Goetz to fire McCallum after he refused to resign. An administrative law judge reviewed the case and also recommended McCallum be fired.

McCallum, who was suspended with pay in August, was accused of inflating the university’s enrollment by counting people who attended workshops as enrolled students.

An audit found that McCallum “created a campus culture that is divided, one of distrust, disrespect and staff being pressured to engage in unethical, suspect or wasteful activities to meet demands.”

McCallum did not attend the meeting, which was hosted by North Dakota State University.

The board gave McCallum until Dec. 31 to remove some of his belongings from the president’s house on campus.

D.C. Coston, former NDSU vice president for agriculture, has been serving as acting Dickinson State president. The board unanimously extended Coston’s appointment.

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