- Associated Press - Thursday, July 4, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Long-time Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen plans to retire next summer.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Skogen announced Wednesday that he plans to retire effective June 30, 2020.

The 66-year-old Skogen was hired in 2007 as the sixth president in BSC’s 80-year history. He spent two of his 12 years as interim chancellor for the North Dakota University System.

His accomplishments include forming educational agreements with the U.S. military and adopting a new mission for the college as a polytechnic institution. Such institutions offer courses across many different subject areas, including vocational and technical fields.

University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott called Skogan an “innovative president” and “one of the most esteemed servant leaders” in the system.

“He will be sorely missed,” Hagerott said.

Skogen said he’s proud to have led the college through what he called a “transformative period.”

“The time is right for a new leader to step in and take BSC into a new era as polytechnic,” he said. “BSC’s next president is a lucky person.”

Skogen, a North Dakota native, holds a doctorate in history from Arizona State University. He has taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy and retired from the Air Force in 2001.

Skogen’s salary as BSC president was $204,296 annually as of July 1.

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