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August 14, 2014 04:55 PM

DSU President Resignation Leaves Behind Uncertainty

Madison, SD

It's an empty, rainy day on the Dakota State campus now, but it won't be empty for long.

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to people coming. It'll be good to get the school year started and start building community with the new students who come," DSU Junior Jared Mills said.

"I am. I've kind of missed being on campus and seeing all my college friends," DSU Junior Kylie Salmen said.

Once students arrive, one person won't be here. After two and a half years in Madison, University President, Dr. David Borofsky, has stepped down.

"I was shocked. I don't know how smoothly it'll make the school year go. First thing I saw was on Facebook saying President Borofsky resigned. I was shocked. I couldn't believe it," Salmen said.

Borofsky's resignation isn't the start of the uncertainty on campus. According to a letter from Dakota State student Andrew Kramer, students and staff were caught off guard by a personnel move in June. Kramer says Borofsky "asked Dr. Tom Halverson and Dr. Wayne Pauli to step down from their respective positions as Dean of the College of Business and Information Systems and Associate Dean of the College of BIS. The request was unexpected and abrupt with little-to-no notice given to students or faculty."

In the letter to students and staff, Borofsky says: Often, people do not understand the reasons for change nor do they have all the information that leaders have, so the change looks forced and ill-conceived.  Nothing could be further from the truth with the changes that have occurred at DSU.

"It is very tough. We've only got about a week left of summer and then school starts on the 25th. So, it couldn't have come at a worse time," Salmen said.

Even though it is a quick transition between the resignation and the beginning of the school year, some student staff members feel enough leadership is in place to make an easy transition.

"There's people in place to make sure that the transition will be done and that it will be a smooth as they can make it," Mills said.

The South Dakota Board of Regents appointed Marysz Rames as interim president this year while they search for a permanent replacement. Rames is the Vice-President for Student Affairs at South Dakota State University.

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