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Ed Garding and Lyle Knight

Ed Garding, left, sits in 2012 with former Lyle Knight. That year, Garding took over for Knight as the CEO of First Interstate BancSystem.

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.

He rose through the ranks and became the company's chief executive officer in 2012, succeeding Lyle R. Knight. Garding retired in the fall of 2015.

“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.”


General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.