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NDSU president says he planned to retire in the spring anyway

FARGO - President Joseph Chapman said today he planned to resign this spring, but recent distractions sped up his announcement.

Chapman, who has back-to-back interviews this morning with members of the media, said he and his wife, Gale, had already been thinking about their next opportunities.

"After the last (legislative) session, I had pretty well made the decision that this was going to be my last year here," Chapman said. "I would have preferred, probably, to wait until this spring to announce it."

Chapman said he's concerned that recent controversies have been a distraction for NDSU, so that's why he resigned this week.

Less than 24 hours after news of his resignation, Chapman said he's already taken phone calls from other universities that are searching for a new president.

Chapman, 67, said he hasn't ruled that out, but he is most interested in doing higher education consulting work, such as working with other universities that are going through a transition to Division I athletics.

Chapman said he and Gale are thinking about relocating to Colorado or somewhere in the Intermountain West.

Interacting with students will be what Chapman misses most about NDSU, he said.

"They're the source of unbounding energy," Chapman said.