An 18-member committee has been formed to conduct a national search to find a new chancellor for Montana State University Billings.
Chancellor Rolf Groseth announced earlier this month that he will retire in May at the end of the current academic year.
Terry Leist, Montana State University vice president for administration and finance, will chair the search committee. He said Monday that the committee and MSU President Waded Cruzado hope to meet in Billings “within the next couple of weeks” to plan the search.
“It is obviously a very high-profile and exciting position,” he said.
MSUB is the third-largest university in Montana. Groseth, who has spent nearly 40 years working in the Montana University System, held the top post at MSUB for about four years before announcing his retirement.
“The new chancellor will assume an important leadership role, not only at MSU Billings but also within all of Montana State University,” Cruzado said in a prepared statement. “MSU Billings has a strong record of accomplishment, and we look forward to selecting a new chancellor who will continue to move the university forward as it serves thousands of students each year.”
The search committee will soon speak with people in the Billings and MSUB communities in order to get more information for the search.
Committee members include Leist; Bruce Brumley, MSUB faculty chairman and a member of the academic senate; Tony Hecimovic, incoming chair of the MSUB Faculty Association; Barbara Wheeling, dean of MSUB’s College of Business; Joy Honea, MSUB social sciences and cultural studies department chair; Reno Charette, director of MSUB American Indian Outreach; Marsha Riley, City College dean; Ryan Shore, MSUB student association president; Trudy Collins, MSUB budget director; Julie Nicolaas, MSUB Staff Senate chair; Sarah Brockel, MSUB Alumni Relations director; Jon Egeland, MSU Billings Foundation CFO and acting president; Roni Baker, Yellowstone County MSU extension office; Terry Bouck, Billings Public Schools superintendent; John Brewer, Billings Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; Todd Buchanan, Buchanan Capital co-owner and investment adviser; Martha Potvin, MSU provost and vice president for academic affairs; and John Cech, deputy commissioner of higher education.
About 5,000 students attend MSUB, which offers more than 80 academic programs in five colleges.