Trinity VP named new Dickinson State president

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DICKINSON, N.D. — Thomas Mitzel has been named president of Dickinson State University.

The 48-year-old native of Aberdeen, South Dakota, has spent the last two years as vice president and faculty dean at Trinity College in Connecticut. He became the lone finalist for the DSU position after Peru State College President Daniel Hanson withdrew from consideration.

The state Board of Higher Education conducted a formal interview with Mitzel on Wednesday morning before offering him the job. His contract will be negotiated by North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott.

Mitzel told the board he believes there is room for growth at DSU and he would like to increase enrollment by about 5 percent per year.

Former Dickinson State President D.C. Coston stepped down in August due to health concerns.