After ten years at the helm of Minot State University, Dr. David Fuller is retiring.
Fuller has overseen some big changes at MSU, including the move from NAIA to NCAA affiliation.
Faculty, staff, and students gathered today to honor Dr. Fuller and his wife Nancy and to say thanks for their dedication to the university.
It didn't take long for longtime MSU professor Kevin Neuharth to warm up to the David Fuller when he was being considered as the new president ten years ago...
(Kevin Neuharth, MSU Professor) "One of the things I asked him was, you have a basketball game and you have a show in Hartnett Hall, where you gonna go? He said he'd go to the show first and and then afterwards try to catch the last couple seconds of the basketball game."
Neuharth says Dr. Fuller made good on that pledge over the next ten years - attending all kinds of events around campus.
(Kevin Neuharth, MSU Professor) "One of the things I think I'll remember most about the past ten years is the number of times I've seen Dr. and Mrs. Fuller at all of the activities that have gone on in this campus."
MSU graduate and current employee Derek VanDyke shared the same observation.
(Derek Van Dyke, MSU Graduate & Employee) "When I came for orientation back in 2006 my dad nudged me and said look up there, the president is speaking. Take a good look now because you won't see him again until graduation. My dad's been right about a lot of things but luckily he was wrong about that."
Former student government association president Lindsey Nelson says her time in student leadership included many chances to interact with the university president.
(Lindsey Nelson, Former Student Government Association President) "I looked forward to our monthly conversation when I was in student government and it was evident at each of those meetings just how much you care about the students of this university."
For his part, the departing president says attending all those events with his wife Nancy was in no way a chore.
(Dr. David Fuller, MSU President) "Every performance and every activity, faculty activity and students and others, they're so professional, so premiere, that you just have to be amazed and honored to be a part of this thing."
Fuller says his focus has always been the student experience. He says he's honored that the university has asked the State Board of Education to name the new wellness center after him, but he says nothing that has happened to improve MSU has been a one-person job. Instead, it's been many people asking the same question.
(Dr. David Fuller, MSU President) "What can we do to fulfil our mission and our vision to make sure that our dedication is first and foremost to the success of our students. That constantly was on our mind."
From one end of the campus to another, the people gathered in this Fuller-inspired student gathering center - the Beaver Dam - agree, Dr. David Fuller has left a positive legacy for the university to build on.
(Dr. David Fuller, MSU President) "It's been a great ten years and we appreciate everything. So thanks everybody, thank you..."
At Minot State University, Jim Olson, KX News.
Dr. Fuller will oversee his final graduation as president next week.
Valley City State University President Dr. Steve Shirley has been selected as the new president of Minot State University.