The ND State Board of Higher Education Board ChairÂ Kirsten Diederich acknowledged Dr. Steve Shirley, President Valley City State University in his leadership and support of STEM education:
Great Plains STEM education Center at VCSU is the right idea for our times and our state. Partnerships that have ensued with industry, business, K-12 and other institutions of higher learning demonstrate the interest and importance of this initiative. Youâ€™ve partnered with the ND Council on the Arts to ensure that the liberal arts are not forgotten in the drive to ensure students are receiving adequate education in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. Congratulations on your accomplishment in completing the renovation of the Rhoades Science Center.