President F.C. Richardson will not be leaving Buffalo State College to head the largest college in Minnesota's state university system.
The post will go to an administrator from the University of Southern Colorado, it was announced Thursday.
Bruce Grube, provost at the Colorado college, was named president of St. Cloud State University, which is larger than Buffalo State.
It has 15,100 students and 797 faculty, compared to Buffalo State's 11,500 students and 580 full- and part-time faculty.
Richardson was in St. Cloud Thursday along with the other candidates for the final interviews with the Minnesota State University board and the announcement.
"Naturally, I'm a bit disappointed," Richardson said after the announcement, "but I'm honored to have been nominated in the first place and flattered to have been selected for final consideration.
"As I have said all along, however, I am president of Buffalo State College and have been and will continue to work in the best interests of the college."
"Given the fiscal challenges facing higher education," he added, "I am even more dedicated to continuing to meet them."
Richardson, Buffalo State's sixth president, has headed the college since March 1989. He came here after serving as vice president for academic affairs at Moorhead State University, one of Minnesota's six other state campuses.
The first African-American to serve as president of the college on Elmwood Avenue, he has weathered controversy over his leadership.
In February, he told the Buffalo State community it was time to end the political struggle between faculty and administrators. He also sounded a note of conciliation amid charges that a faculty member has used a racial slur last fall against him.
Other finalists for the Minnesota job were Mark S. Auburn, executive vice president and a professor of English at the University of Akron; Stephen T. Hulbert, provost of the University of Northern Colorado; and Jonathan Lawson, until recently senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at the University of Hartford.