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On Oct. 23, 2009, the State Board of Higher Education voted to name Richard A. Hanson, Ph.D., interim president of North Dakota State University. Dr. Hanson currently is president of Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa. Prior to joining Waldorf College, he was vice president for academic affairs and dean at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., from 1995 to 2005. He also has held positions at California State University, Chico, and NDSU. His most recent positions at NDSU were as the associate vice president for academic affairs (1992-95) and interim vice president for academic affairs (1995). A native of Hillsboro, N.D., Richard Hanson holds a B.A. in sociology and an M.S. in child development and family relations, both from NDSU, as well as a Ph.D. in applied behavioral science from the University of California, Davis. He played football for NDSU, then for the New York Giants in 1971and 1972 prior to becoming a graduate assistant football coach at NDSU.