MSU Northern chancellor resigns, saying controversy has become "significant distraction"

2014-08-28T14:00:00Z 2014-09-09T14:45:05Z MSU Northern chancellor resigns, saying controversy has become "significant distraction"The Associated Press The Associated Press
August 28, 2014 2:00 pm  • 

HAVRE — The chancellor of Montana State University-Northern is resigning, effective Friday.

James Limbaugh sent an email to Northern faculty and staff Thursday saying that continuing controversy on campus and in the community "has become a significant distraction to the achievement of our common goals," and that he was resigning for the sake of the institution.

Havre residents began circulating a petition calling for Limbaugh's ouster after football coach Mark Samson resigned after apparently paying football camp staff without running camp proceeds through university accounts.

Provost Rosalyn Templeton resigned nearly a year ago after a co-worker complained she had sexually harassed him, while the director of Northern's nursing department resigned in January after three weeks on administrative leave.

Limbaugh came to MSU-Northern in January 2012.

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