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HAVRE — Montana State University plans to review the way MSU-Northern is conducting searches to fill two positions at the Havre school.

MSU President Waded Cruzado halted the searches until an MSU attorney and human resources director can review the processes being used to hire a dean of the College of Education, Arts and Sciences and Nursing, as well as a director of field experience. It was first reported the Havre Daily News.

MSU spokesman Tracy Ellig said that Cruzado and former interim chancellor Rolf Groseth met with faculty from the college on March 24 in response to a letter signed by 21 of the 23 tenured faculty members. The letter said the senior faculty was concerned about the overall direction and leadership of the campus.

Cruzado later sent an email to Chancellor Frank Trocki's office, to be forwarded to the faculty, that said a review will "determine if there has been a procedural error or violation of MSU-Northern policies in the conduct of the search."

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Ellig said the employment searches were the main focus of the March 24 meeting.

MSU-Northern interviewed candidates for the dean position in November, then search was reopened, and two more candidates were interviewed in early March. No one has been hired.

Ellig told The Associated Press on Monday that Trocki wants any new hire that comes in to be well accepted by the campus, and if the review process helps, then that's better.

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