MSUB announces 4 chancellor finalists; interviews set for next week

2014-04-15T16:00:00Z 2014-05-14T16:46:18Z MSUB announces 4 chancellor finalists; interviews set for next weekBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Montana State University Billings announced on Tuesday the names of four finalists to replace outgoing Chancellor Rolf Groseth, a group that includes candidates from Missouri, New York, Texas and Wisconsin.

The four candidates will visit MSUB for in-person interviews and public forums from April 21 to 25.

In the order they'll visit campus, the finalists are:

Ricardo Maestas, special assistant to the Texas State University System chancellor. He is also a professor at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, and has a doctorate from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan.

His open forum will be held at 4:30 p.m. April 21 in the library building, room 148.

Michael Droge will visit campus April 22 and his open forum begins at 4:30 p.m. in Library 148.

He is president of Park University in Parkville, Mo., has worked at Texas Woman's University and has a doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Margaret Madden's visit will be April 23, with a 4:30 p.m. public forum in Library 148.

Madden is provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and a professor at State University of New York. She has previously worked at Long Island University, Lawrence University and Franklin Pierce College and earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

The final visit will be from Mark Nook on April 25, with a 4:30 p.m. public forum to be held at 148 Library. Nook is the senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of Wisconsin System. He previously held positions at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and St. Cloud State University. He has a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Groseth announced in January that he will retire at the end of the academic year in May after three years heading up Montana's third-largest university.

An 18-person search committee formed in January to begin a national search, with Montana State University President Waded Cruzado instructing the group to find between three and five suitable candidates.

Terry Leist, MSU vice president for administration and finance, chairs the committee and said each finalist brings an impressive resume to the search.

"We had an excellent pool of candidates and these four finalists showed particular strength," he said. "I think students, faculty, staff and community members will be impressed by what these finalists have to offer."

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