Hoops' term of office was the shortest of any president except G.L. Brown. He arrived in August, 1984 from N.D.S.U. ready to begin work, but encountered difficulties with the Board of Regents. He had high hopes of increasing faculty pay, but wound up embroiled in a mess that involved a faculty member's testimony in the state Senate. According to Hoops, he was told to fire the individual, but he refused. Hoops resigned in March, 1985.