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Published October 14, 2009, 09:03 AM

Impressive tenure overshadowed by controversy

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Those familiar with President Chapman and the development foundation have mixed emotions about this afternoon’s resignation. If any civic leader knows the ins and outs of NDSU's inner workings, it is John Q. Paulsen.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Those familiar with President Chapman and the development foundation have mixed emotions about this afternoon’s resignation. If any civic leader knows the ins and outs of NDSU's inner workings, it is John Q. Paulsen. Not only did he serve on the committee that helped bring Chapman here, he led the Board of Higher Education recently and has been on the NDSU Development Foundation board.

As the latest news of Chapman's money woes made headlines and airwaves today, John Q. Paulsen felt the winds change.

“I think some of the issues that came to light were very damaging and very difficult to justify and explaining, but again I think we need to think about his presidency in the long period of time.”

Criticism surrounding money and construction issues at the president's house, Barry Hall, and revelations surrounding a 20-thousand dollar trip to the inauguration in Washington now overshadows an aggressive but impressive tenure.

“President Chapman provided 10 years of remarkable leadership for the university, the growth, the expansion.”

Within the last day, Chapman has told Forum Communications that whatever decisions he made during his tenure. He made with NDSU's best interests in mind. Tomorrow we will hear directly from President Chapman when he will speak for the first time about these rocky last few weeks.

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