Dr. Gary Young, dean of the Montana State University Billings College of Business, has been selected to serve as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the university.
Young begins his job on June 7 to permit a smooth transition with current provost, Dr. D’Ann Campbell, who will be moving to Canton, Mo., to become the academic affairs leader at Culver-Stockton College.
MSU Billings Chancellor Ron Sexton said he will count on Young to provide the academic leadership and community connections to build on the university’s established reputation of excellence while advancing MSU Billings as an urban university and an integral part of the Montana State University “one university” mission.
“This is an important time of transition for MSU Billings and our colleges, deans, department chairs, faculty and staff will have important roles to play moving forward,” Sexton said. “I know Dr. Young will do well in maintaining high standards of academic excellence and build new relationships across the university. He will represent the university well with his academic colleagues across the Montana University System.”
Young has been dean of the College of Business since December 2006. In the past year, he and the faculty of the college successfully navigated the process to receive accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. That international recognition of high quality is attained by less than five percent of the world’s business schools.
Young, originally from Tennessee, came to Billings from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., where he has been dean of business and a professor of economics from 2000 to 2006. Prior to his experience at Carson-Newman, a four-year, liberal arts Baptist college, he served as dean of the school of business administration at the University of Tennessee, Martin. He is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and has a master’s degree from Clemson University. He received his doctorate from Louisiana Tech University.
His work on economics, trade and the entrepreneurial spirit have been widely published and has been honored for his leadership and involvement with national accreditation bodies for colleges of business.
As interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Young will have responsibility for academic leadership of five colleges — Allied Health Professions; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; and Technology — and will work closely with student services and administrative services leaders.
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