Northern State University begins formal search for next president

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- Northern State University and the South Dakota Board of Regents have appointed several campus and community representatives to assist in the search for the next president at NSU.

The next president will succeed Timothy Downs, who announced his resignation last month to pursue a new opportunity in higher education.

Downs’ resignation followed the release of newsletters promoting social justice and inviting students to be “uncomfortable” as they start a journey into understanding diversity, equity and inclusion, and effort by lawmakers demanding Downs put an end to a Diversity Action Pillar Team created this spring or resign, Argus Leader archives show.

A was letter circulated by lawmakers for signatures on April 16 when the Board of Regents issued a release saying Downs was resigning “to pursue a new opportunity in higher education.”

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