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Dan Edelman was chosen to lead Montana State University Billings and City College as chancellor.

He will assume the permanent position after interim Chancellor Ron Larsen held the position for just over a year.

Edelman said Tuesday that he hopes to put his skills to work for students.

"I look forward to putting students first and engaging the community,” he said. “We can make sure our students succeed.”

Edelman was one of four candidates who interviewed last week for the position. He will leave his current job as vice president of administration and chief financial officer at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

In a release, Edelman thanked the search committee and Montana State University President Waded Cruzado. He said that the MSUB job is a "dream come true" as a first-generation college graduate.

“With a career that spans back to serving in the Army and includes many years in higher education, today my wife, Sandee, and I feel like we’ve reached the top of the mountain — and fittingly, we’ve reached this career summit at Montana State University Billings,” Edelman said.

Edelman, a former professor, certified public accountant and federal forensic auditor, could begin work in Billings by May 7, according to MSUB. His appointment still requires approval by the Montana Board of Regents during its March meeting.

During his interview last week with multiple MSUB groups, Edelman said he hoped to leverage community resources to increase enrollment at the university. He said that a goal of 6,000 students at MSUB and City College is attainable.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Dan Edelman as next chancellor of MSU Billings,” Cruzado said in a release. “I am confident that, working with MSU Billings’ faculty, students, staff, alumni and members of the Billings community, Dr. Edelman will continue to enhance MSU Billings’ focus on students and their success.”

Edelman holds a doctorate in mathematics education and a master's degree in accounting. His qualifications include certifications as a fraud examiner, an information technology professional and a practitioner of financial forensics.

He will be the third person in the chancellor position since January 2017, when former Chancellor Mark Nook left to lead another university.

After Nook's departure, Cruzado appointed Larsen to the interim position on short notice. An 18-member search committee was later formed to identify candidates for the permanent chancellorship.

In the end, Cruzado chose Edelman. But she thanked Larsen for leading MSUB.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Larsen,” Cruzado said. “Through his hard work and dedication, Dr. Larsen devoted the best of his talents to keeping the institution on track and providing stability during this transition."

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General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.