New NDSU President Dr. David Cook expresses excitement and acknowledges challenges on first day of classes

Image provided by NDSU Media Relations
Image provided by NDSU Media Relations

(Fargo, ND) -- NDSU President David Cook is expressing excitement with students back on campus Monday for the first day of the fall semester. 

"You know a ton of energy, we've had students here since Saturday morning. We helped move them in, my wife and I did and then met a lot of parents. A lot of anxiety, a lot of excitement. I have kids of my own who are in college back in Kansas, so I kind of get all of those different emotions," said Cook. 

Cook took over as the 15th president of the University last Spring replacing outgoing President Dean Bresciani. Cook recently completed a two week tour around the state, meeting with alumni, elected officials and business leaders to learn more about their concerns, and what they want from higher education.  Cook also acknowledged challenges for the university moving forward including declining enrollment, challenges with filling open staff positions, and inflation. 

Original Air Date: 
Monday, August 22, 2022