Montana State University Billings will tap a former First Interstate CEO to fill in as interim head of its College of Business.
Ed Garding will start in the position on July 2, the university said Tuesday.
Garding was president and CEO of First Interstate BancSystem for three years and still serves as the company's corporate and government relations officer, according to MSUB.
Garding is an alumnus of Eastern Montana College, which later became MSUB. He also has served on the MSUB College of Business advisory board and the MSUB Foundation board.
He replaces Diane Duin, who was serving as interim dean of the business school after the departure of Barbara Wheeling. Duin, who was also the dean of the College of Allied Health Professions, announced in April that she'd taken a job at a South Dakota college.
Garding spent decades with First Interstate after starting as a manager of the newly constructed Colstrip branch in the 1970s.
“Ed brings a wealth of business experience and a strong connection with MSUB," said MSUB Chancellor Dan Edelman in a press release. "I know that he will strengthen ties with the community and put student success as a top priority.”