Montana State University

James Limbaugh named MSU-Northern chancellor

November 16, 2011 -- MSU News Service

James Limbaugh. Photo courtesy of James Limbaugh.    High-Res Available

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Havre -- Montana State University President Waded Cruzado announced today that, subject to approval by the Montana Board of Regents, James Limbaugh will be the new chancellor for MSU-Northern. He will start Jan. 1.

"Dr. Limbaugh brings experience, enthusiasm and an intense commitment to helping students succeed," Cruzado said. "I know Dr. Limbaugh will bring strong leadership to Northern and be an advocate for Havre and all the Hi-Line communities."

Limbaugh is currently vice president for strategy, planning and policy at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, a position he has held since 2008.

"It is a tremendous honor to be asked to serve as the chancellor of Montana State University-Northern. I look forward to working with MSU-N's students, faculty and staff, as well as the community of Havre and the leadership of the other MSU institutions, to build on MSU-N's reputation for excellence throughout Montana. Both Trish and I are eager to relocate to Havre and to become part of the MSU family," Limbaugh said.

Previously, Limbaugh was the interim provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Angelo State from 2009 to 2010.

From 2007 to 2008, Limbaugh was the associate vice president for institutional effectiveness at Frostburg State University in Maryland. At Frostburg State, he also served as: assistant to the provost from 2002 to 2007; director of special academic services from 1995 to 2002; director of auxiliary services from 1984 to 1995; and associate dean of students from 1980 to 1984.

Prior to Frostburg State University, Limbaugh served as assistant director of the Memorial Student Union at the University of Nebraska-Kearney from 1976 to 1980.

Limbaugh earned a bachelor's of science in history from Frostburg State University and a bachelor's of arts in general business and English from Texas A&M University. He holds a master's of science in student personnel and guidance from Texas A&M and a doctorate of philosophy in educational policy and leadership from the University of Maryland.

Limbaugh was one of four finalists who visited the Havre campus Nov. 7-10. The finalists were selected by an 18-member search committee from a national pool of more than 40 candidates who applied for the position. The committee was chaired by Joe Callahan, MSU-N interim chancellor, and Doug Steele, MSU vice president for external relations.

"I want to thank all the members of the committee for their hard work," Cruzado said. "They brought their insight and commitment to the task without hesitation - a truly remarkable group."

Cruzado also praised Callahan, a former Northern provost who came out of retirement in April to serve as interim chancellor.

"Joe is an incredible leader. He truly has Northern's best interests at heart," Cruzado said. "We're indebted to him for his tremendous service."

Contact: Joe Callahan, MSU-Northern interim chancellor, (406) 265-3720,; Doug Steele, MSU vice president for external relations, (406) 994-3293,; Jim Potter, MSU-N university relations, (406) 265-3727,; Tracy Ellig, MSU communications, (406) 994-5607,