Mark Nook started his new job as chancellor of Montana State University Billings on Tuesday.
Nook was named to the post in May by Montana State University President Waded Cruzado after a months-long national search by an 18-person committee that began in January when then-Chancellor Rolf Groseth announced that he’d retire in May.
“I’m very excited to be here,” Nook said Tuesday.
He previously served as senior vice president for academic and student affairs at the University of Wisconsin, a system with more than 180,000 students.
Nook has a master’s in astrophysics from Iowa State University and a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has spent the majority of his professional career working in higher education.
Nook and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Billings in late June in order to get acclimated with the area, a task he said they’ve been enjoying.
“This is a wonderful city,” he said. “There are lots of people with a lot of enthusiasm. Clearly, it’s a community with a lot going on and everywhere we go, people are so welcoming and accommodating.”
Getting the lay of the land is also Nook’s first order of business in his role as chancellor. He held a quick faculty and staff meeting to introduce himself and hopes to get to know the MSUB campus, faculty and staff soon.
“Most of what’s on tap for this week is getting out and meeting various members of the community,” he said. “A lot of walking around campus, getting to understand where people are at and who people are.”