Montana State University

Singel and Larsen named associate provosts

July 25, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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David Singel and Ron Larsen, Montana State University department heads of chemistry and biochemistry, and chemical and biological engineering respectively, have been selected as new associate provosts for the university. Larsen will also serve as the university's accreditation liaison officer. Singel and Larsen will be integral members of the senior management team in the Office of Academic Affairs.

The two will take their posts on August 15, although both will begin transitioning into their new roles immediately

Singel and Larsen will report to MSU Provost Martha Potvin in their new roles. The deans of the colleges of Letters and Science and Engineering will consult with the faculty of chemistry and biochemistry and chemical and biological engineering regarding the future leadership of those departments.

In his role, Singel will work closely with the provost to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the Office of Academic Affairs in accomplishing its strategic goals. He will also represent Potvin in her absence from campus.

Singel's duties will include supporting diversity; providing leadership for undergraduate education, especially in the area of student retention; providing oversight of University College, the Core 2.0 program and faculty development; evaluating and aligning existing programs, staffing and funding with institutional priorities; and working on the integration of the four MSU campuses.

Singel has been a member of the MSU faculty since 1994 and head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2005. He holds a bachelor's in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Chicago. During his time as department head, the number of majors has doubled and the department's grants and contracts have grown from $4.5 million to $12 million. He worked on two major building projects, the construction of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building and the renovation of Gaines Hall. He serves on the University Planning Council and is the council's representative on the University Budget Council.

With his new duties as the university's liaison with the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Larsen will be responsible for the successful regional accreditation of MSU-Bozeman. He will also provide administrative leadership and coordination related to academic program review, and assessment.

Larsen has been a MSU faculty member since 1985 and head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering since 2002. He also served as chair of MSU's Faculty Council in 2000-2001. He holds a bachelor's in chemical engineering from MSU and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. As head of chemical and biological engineering, Larsen has written its self-study report for its last two accreditation visits. He has participated as a member of an NWCCU accreditation team. He has also worked extensively with chemical and biological engineering faculty on assessment rubrics with a particular emphasis on streamlining and ease of use.

Contact: David Singel, 406-994-3960,; Ron Larsen, 406-994-2221,