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Campus reacts to resignation of Dakota State University president

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More changes in leadership at Dakota State University.

As KSFY News first reported last month, two deans were demoted, and now, the president of DSU has resigned.

KSFY News was on campus Thursday to hear students' and staff's reaction to the news.

The school's president, Dr. David Borofsky sent an email to students and staff.

In it, he talks about the school's successes and change he brought, some of it controversial.

He admits the agent of change can never be a healer and that the university needs to heal.

It's less than two weeks before classes start at Dakota State University, most students and staff will soon return. DSU's president will not.

Student Zac Woods said "I was really sad when I first heard it. I've gotten to have a good relationship with him since he's been here for interim. It's going to be different without him. It's going to be weird not seeing him walk the halls."

A hall of photos of university presidents, past and present is missing DSU president Dr. David Borofsky, who resigned Wednesday.

DSU Associate Director of Public Relations and Marketing Erica Clements said "often times, when you have leaders in a position where they bring about change, you do need a new leader to step in and bring the university forward, through the division and kind of just stepping and moving forward from those changes."

Some on campus were not happy with the changes Borofsky made while in office.  Recently, two beloved deans of the College of Business and Information Systems were relieved of their positions and sent back to teaching. Some may wonder if these incidents are related.

"I don't want to think there was anything like that. I loved Halverson as a dean. He was an awesome guy," Woods said.

"I was sad that he was going back just to teaching, but I know they gained a really good teacher and so i'm glad he just focus on one thing," Woods added.

"It's accumulation of a lot of things that have gone on. There are a lot of changes and a lot of things that have even gone really, really well with the university too, so it's a sum of all the parts," Clements said.

And now one part of the university's administration is missing.

"There would be times where just walking around campus he would say, 'hey Zac, what's up, how's football going, how's this going.' He knows what students are involved in. He knows what's going on on campus, so it's definitely going to be weird not seeing him walk around," Woods said.

KSFY News reached out to the two dean's whom Dr. Borofsky sent back to the classroom to teach. One called the resignation surprising. The other told KSFY News he loves the university and that the rebuilding starts Monday morning.

The university hired an interim president to lead the school while the search begins for a new administrator. It could take up to a year before DSU finds a permanent replacement.

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