North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani (bruh-SHAW'-nee) is one of four finalists to lead Ohio University.

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani (bruh-SHAW'-nee) is one of four finalists to lead Ohio University.

The school in Athens, Ohio, announced its presidential search finalists Thursday. Bresciani is to take part in an open forum at the school on Jan. 12.

Bresciani's tenure in Fargo has been rocky at times. The state Board of Higher Education last June declined to extend his contract over complaints about his communication, teamwork and decision-making skills. The board gave Bresciani six months to show improvement, and voted in November to give him another year.

Bresciani was named NDSU president in May 2010. He makes about $355,000 annually.

Other finalists for the Ohio University job are officials with that school, Texas Tech and the University of New Mexico.