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LaFave named Valley City State University's new president

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FARGO — Valley City State University has a new president, Alan LaFave, who was named to the post by the State Board of Higher Education Thursday, Sept. 27, according to a news release.

He is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.

The previous VCSU president, Tisa Mason, left in December after three years to become president of Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Margaret Dahlberg has served as interim president.

The board made its decision during its meeting at VCSU.

According to the SBHE release, LaFave focused on student retention, affordable tuition and collaboration with the other 10 SBHE institutions during the selection process. "It's important that we have a unified system and that we all work together to make an impact on student success. We all achieve more if we work together," he said.

"This was a difficult decision to make because we had excellent candidates brought forward by the presidential search committee," SBHE Chairman Don Morton said in the release. "I'm confident LaFave will provide the type of collaborative leadership that reflects the community of Valley City."

The search committee started with 50 candidates and narrowed it down to two finalists for the board to consider.

LaFave has served in various capacities at Northern State since 1991, including as music professor and dean of the school of fine art. He'll now be VCSU's 14th president.