Regents OK contract for new MSUB chancellor; salary set at $198,000

2014-05-23T13:40:00Z 2014-07-01T14:36:05Z Regents OK contract for new MSUB chancellor; salary set at $198,000By ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The Montana University System Board of Regents approved on Friday the hiring of Mark Nook, who was named earlier in May as chancellor of Montana State University Billings.

On May 13, Montana State University President Waded Cruzado announced that Mark Nook, senior vice president for academic and student affairs for the University of Wisconsin System in Madison, had been hired as MSUB's chancellor.

He replaces former Chancellor Rolf Groseth, who retired in early May after three years at MSUB and nearly 40 working in the MUS.

Nook, 56, will receive an annual salary of $198,000, a more than $30,000 increase from the $165,083 Groseth made at the time of his retirement.

Cruzado chose Nook to head up Montana's third-largest university, with an enrollment of about 5,000, after a months-long national search that included finalists from Wisconsin, Texas, New York and Missouri.

He has a bachelor's degree in math and physics from Southwest Minnesota State University, a master's in astrophysics from Iowa State University and a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Before his current job with the UW system, Nook previously held positions at at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and St. Cloud State University.

He and his wife, Cheryl, have three grown children and will move to Billings sometime in June before he starts as chancellor on July 1.

Sheila Stearns, Montana's former commissioner of higher education, has been serving as interim chancellor.

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