Committee named to help select MSUB chancellor

2010-05-07T16:53:00Z Committee named to help select MSUB chancellorGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
May 07, 2010 4:53 pm  • 

A 15-person advisory search committee has been appointed to work on selecting a chancellor to replace retiring Montana State University Billings Chancellor Ron Sexton.

The advisory committee will handle the search process as the applicant pool narrows to a group of finalists and in-terviews are conducted. That process could take up to nine months before the final selection is made by MSU President Waded Cruzado.

Cruzado notified committee members of their appointments on Friday.

Co-chairs for the committee are Stacy Klippenstein, vice chancellor for student affairs at MSU Billings, and Jim Rimpau, MSU vice president of planning and chief information officer.

Other committee members are:

  • Alex Tyson, an MSU Billings alum and director of communications for the Billings Chamber of Commerce Con-vention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Jack Copps, outgoing superintendent of Billings School District 2.
  • Kayla Miller, new president of the Associated Students of Montana State University Billings.
  • Keith Edgerton, professor of history at MSU Billings.
  • David Butler, professor of molecular biology and genetics at MSU Billings.
  • Lorrie Steerey, professor of information systems and representative of the Faculty Senate.
  • Kurt Laudicina, new-student specialist for MSU Billings online and representative of the Staff Senate.
  • Terrie Iverson, vice chancellor for administrative services at MSU Billings.
  • Mary Susan Fishbaugh, interim dean of the College of Education at MSU Billings.
  • Joel Guthals, a Billings attorney who serves on the MSU Billings Foundation Board of Trustees and also serves on the Billings School District 2 Board of Trustees.
  • Todd Buchanan, a Billings financial adviser and member of the Montana Board of Regents.
  • Rob Barnosky, graduate student at MSU Billings and current student representative on the Montana Board of Regents.
  • Dan Villa, education policy adviser for Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

The committee will begin its work on May 19 when Cruzado comes to Billings to visit with committee members.

Ron Sexton will retire this summer. Sexton has served as chancellor since Eastern Montana College became MSU Billings under a statewide reorganization in 1994. After his retirement, he has agreed to work on a new scholarship campaign for the MSU Billings Foundation.

Rolf Groseth, MSU’s vice president of inter-campus affairs, will serve as interim chancellor of MSU Billings until a new chancellor is hired. His tenure begins July 15.

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