- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - The State Board of Higher Education has named a longtime North Dakota academic to serve as the interim president of Dickinson State University.

The board announced Tuesday that Jim Ozbun will replace president D.C. Coston, who recently told state higher education officials he is stepping down this month for health concerns. Coston announced his retirement in February, but had originally planned to stay on until a new leader was selected.

Ozbun will serve in an interim role for the university while officials search for permanent president.

Ozbun is a retired academic who served from 1988 to 1995 as the president of North Dakota State University. He has held faculty roles and leadership positions at institutions including the University of Minnesota and Cornell University.

Ozbun will take over Aug. 17.

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This story has been corrected to show Ozbun served as president of NDSU from 1988 to 1995, not 1995 to 1998.

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