Thomas R. Plough

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Thomas R. Plough is an American sociologist most notable for having served as president of North Dakota State University and Assumption College.

Plough is a graduate of Michigan State University. He began his career at Alma College, where he rose to serve as dean of students. He moved to the Eisenhower College and later the Rochester Institute of Technology where he was eventually appointed provost.[1]

Plough assumed the presidency of North Dakota State University in 1995 and moved to Assumption College in 1998. He announced his retirement in August 2006.


  1. ^ Gordon, Dane R. (2007), Rochester Institute of Technology: Industrial Development and Educational Innovation in an American City, 1829–2006 (1 ed.), Henrietta, New York: RIT Press, p. 381, ISBN 978-1-933360-24-9, OCLC 80360669 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert G. Quinn
Provost of the Rochester Institute of Technology
January, 1983–1995
Succeeded by
Stanley D. McKenzie
Preceded by
J. L. Ozbun
President of North Dakota State University
1995 – 30 June 1998
Succeeded by
Joseph A. Chapman
Preceded by
Joseph H. Hagan
President of Assumption College
1 July 1998 – 30 June 2007
Succeeded by
Francesco Cesareo