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The vice provost for academic affairs at Montana State University Billings will leave the school this summer for another higher education job in Great Falls.

The University of Providence, a private Catholic institution, announced on Wednesday that Matthew Redinger will be its provost. He's expected to start there on July 1.

“Hiring Matt for the provost position is a huge step for our campus as it continues its path toward a bigger and bolder vision,” said University of Providence President Tony Aretz in a press release. “His leadership, integrity, and humility bring a broad base of experience that will enable him to lead significant institutional change.”

Redinger worked for 22 years at MSUB, according to the university. He was a tenured professor and history department chair before taking on the interim vice provost position. He later assumed the permanent position.

Robert Hoar, MSUB provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, praised Redinger's work in an internal MSUB email announcing the news. Hoar said he hates to see Redinger go but called him a "rising leader" taking on a new job.

"I look forward to leading and learning from the UP community for many years to come," Redinger said in a press release. "I’ve been a lifelong advocate of the Catholic intellectual tradition, and value the liberal arts in that context. Being a part of a university that has similar values is a great privilege.”

The news comes a day after MSUB named Dan Edelman as the new chancellor, replacing interim Chancellor Ron Larsen.

Hoar said in a statement to The Gazette that MSUB plans to post a job opening announcement soon, and a search committee will be assembled to review candidates.


General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.