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City College Dean Clifford Coppersmith will leave Billings to become the president of a Maryland college.

Montana State University Billings announced Tuesday that Coppersmith, who has led City College for nearly three years, has been named president of the Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland.

He will start there on May 29.

“Cliff helped to maintain and grow a strong array of programs and expanded access to higher education for many Montanans,” said MSUB Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Robert Hoar in a press release. “Our students, faculty, staff and community partners all benefited from his extensive experience and strong leadership.”

Coppersmith oversaw the growth of dual enrollment programs, particularly with the Career Center next door, according to a university press release. His time as dean included the creation of pharmacy technology and sonography programs.

He is the third announcement of administrative turnover at MSUB. On Feb 27, the university said that Dan Edelman would take over as chancellor, replacing Ron Larsen.

A day later, MSUB announced that Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Matt Redinger was leaving to take a job at the University of Providence.

MSUB said in its release that a search for the next dean of City College will begin immediately.


General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.