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Published October 15, 2009, 07:43 AM

Governor: Resignation of NDSU pres 'unfortunate'

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. John Hoeven says the resignation of North Dakota State University President Joe Chapman is disappointing and unfortunate.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. John Hoeven says the resignation of North Dakota State University President Joe Chapman is disappointing and unfortunate.

Hoeven says Chapman made mistakes in some spending decisions, but the governor says the Board of Higher Education and the university's private foundation were working through them.

Hoeven says Chapman has done a great deal to increase NDSU's enrollment and improve the campus.

Chapman is quitting Jan. 2 after 11 years as NDSU's president.

He has been criticized for cost overruns on a new $2 million house for the NDSU president and a $22,000 trip Chapman and his family took to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The trip and most of the cost of the president's home was paid for by private donations. The NDSU Foundation took steps recently to limit the NDSU president's access to foundation money.

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