The president of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton has apologized for comments he made on a Fargo radio show about the value of a high school diploma.

The president of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton has apologized for comments he made on a Fargo radio show about the value of a high school diploma.

John Richman was talking about the amount of education necessary for a person to be a contributing member of society when he said a high school diploma provides "enough education to be a ward of the state."

The Daily News reports that Richman was heavily criticized on social media. North Dakota Republican Party district chairman John Trandem also said on a Fargo TV station program that Richman's words were "unfortunate."

Richman told the newspaper he realizes he offended some people and made a mistake. He said, "I do apologize because it was never my intent to offend anyone."