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Montana State University Billings' provost left his position Friday.

Bob Hoar has served as provost at the university since July 2015.

“The university would like to thank Bob for his service to our students, institution, and the state of Montana,” MSUB Chancellor Dan Edelman said in a press release Friday.

Hoar, a Montana native, came to the position from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he was associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. He has doctorate and master’s degrees in mathematics from Montana State University. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in 1989 and 1990.

Dr. Mary Susan Fishbaugh has been appointed as Interim Provost. Fishbaugh has extensive experience, institutional knowledge, and is respected by students, faculty, and staff on campus and across the state, according to a press release from the university. She currently serves as the dean of the College of Education and dean of Graduate Studies.

The university declined to comment further.

An open search will be conducted for a new provost. The search committee and timeline for the search will be announced shortly.

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