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Published May 25, 2010, 03:35 PM

NDSU gets a chance to meet the new guy in charge

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - He says he was up until the wee hours of the morning responding to congratulations emails and back at 6:00 am to meet with NDSU officials about budget and student issues at the university.

Less than 20 hours after the former Texas A & M vice president was named NDSU's new leader, hundreds of faculty, staff and students stood in line for a chance to meet the man in charge. Dr. Dean Bresciani's enthusiasm is apparent in not only in each handshake, but in what is wants to accomplish. He's already met with Interim President Richard Hanson about the school's budget issues, saying he needs to meet with more people to get up to speed, but tough decisions may be coming.

DR. DEAN BRESCIANI/NEW NDSU PRESISDENT: "When either we come to a lauder head or that's not possible, my background's in finance and economics and I'll not be hesitant to help make decisions if not make those decisions for people."

This former professor says it's not his style to making sweeping changes, immediately. He says he'll pave his own way.

BRESCIANI: "I'm not going to try to be one of my predecessors, I'm me and I think that's what people are going to find about me is that I'm very down to earth and very real and very approachable and I'll leave it to people to make a judgment on that."

On the playing field, he says athletics are critical for the success of NDSU. An area he'll seek the expertise from athletic staff and directors.

BRESCIANI: "While I would like to say that I'll be highly involved, I'd not like to confuse that with directing or micro-managing."

If there's one theme, its meeting people and energizing the campus, something he plans to do, even while he's finishing up things across the country in Texas. Bresciani says he's working on traveling to every part of the state to talk about NDSU.

Bresciani has already met with students. In fact, he emailed the student body president first thing this morning. President Kevin Black says they are very pleased with the board's decision.

He says they're impressed with his "student-run" university focus. Black says students are excited to see the new direction Bresciani will take them by keeping them involved in university decisions.

"And I think that's one thing we as students can look forward to, to be sitting right at the table with him, talking about the important matters. Whether it's the budget or whether it's the agenda at the state legislature."

Black says issues Bresciani needs to tackle are updating some facilities and improving the student to faculty ratio.