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.