Hiring a university president is a very competitive business. That's a fair salary, relative to where the system is.
We're in a cycle of new leadership, and we're not competitive. Nobody in South Dakota should be surprised that the end results are going to be different from where we've been.
This is the biggest grant we've received in the state. We'll be working with SDSU in doing things to encourage our folks in Washington to find the funds to sustain it in the budget.
I've worked carefully with our internal people to make sure we follow the open meetings laws. I believe we did in this case.
The facts are just not that. There's no secrecy (involved) in terms of the open meetings law. I think we complied.
The board will deal with that issue as we find candidates and visit with them about expectations.