President Dean L. Bresciani

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Dean L. Bresciani was named North Dakota State University’s 14th president in 2010. Bresciani is well known for his dedication to students and regarded for his thoughtfulness, energy and integrity. He brings to campus the knowledge and experience of a more than 35-year career, and has developed broad leadership in the academic, administrative and political aspects of higher education.

He has produced an array of invited and juried publications and presentations, and has broad involvement in higher education associations ranging from business affairs to scholarly research. His scholarship focuses on the organization and funding of public higher education. 

He has held national leadership positions, including past council chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; a progression of NCAA roles leading to sitting on the organization's board of directors; and service on the board of directors for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He has professional affiliations with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, EDUCAUSE, Association for the Study of Higher Education, National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. 

A native of Napa Valley, Calif., Bresciani was vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M University in College Station from 2004 to 2008, and a full professor in the department of educational administration through 2010. He was in similar roles at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1998 to 2004.

Through his career, Bresciani has gained an extensive background in strategic planning, enrollment management, facilities design and financing, auxiliary enterprises operation and the implementation of business operation efficiencies and revenue enhancement measures. A focus of his work is enhancing the accessibility and quality of campus programs while improving the sense of welcome, support and achievement for all members of the university and surrounding communities.

Bresciani was an adjunct full professor and actively taught graduate courses at Texas A&M University in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resources Development. As a visiting assistant professor at North Carolina State University’s graduate school from 2003 to 2005, he taught in the higher education administration program in the Department of Adult and Community College Education. As an adjunct lecturer in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2003 to 2004, he designed and taught history of American higher education. As an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 1992 to 1998 he taught in the Department of Management, as well as Counseling and School Psychology.  

Bresciani earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif.; master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio; and doctorate in higher education finance, with a doctoral minor in economics, from the University of Arizona, Tucson.  

He has received numerous honors, including the Higher Education Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 at Bowling Green State University, Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012 at Humboldt State University, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 2010 at North Dakota State University, Administrator of the Year in 2008 at Texas A&M University and the Newsmaker Image Award in 2007 at Texas A&M University. He was named a “Pillar of the Profession” by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and received the Foundation of Excellence Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. In addition, he received the Student Advocacy Award and Order of the Golden Fleece from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, President’s Award for Distinguished Service at Bowling Green State University and Man of the Year honors at Humboldt State University. He is an honorary inductee of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Golden Key International Honour Society and Frank Porter Graham Honor Society.

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