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MSU announces finalists, public forums for Vice President for Student Success

April 10, 2013

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Educators from universities in Washington, Idaho and Montana are finalists for the position of Montana State University Vice President for Student Success, MSU officials announced today.

The finalists are, in order of their visit to campus: Milton Lang, senior associate vice president of student affairs and enrollment at Washington State University; Nancy Krogh, registrar at the University of Idaho; and Stacy Klippenstein, vice chancellor of student affairs at Montana State University-Billings. Each will visit campus and participate in open public forums scheduled from April 15 to May 1.

Dewitt Latimer, MSU's chief information officer and chair of the 12-member committee searching for MSU's vice president of student success, said each of the finalists impressed the committee during the extensive interviewing process.

"This national search has attracted very talented and experienced candidates," Latimer said. "Our next vice president will play a critical leadership role in continuing MSU's long tradition as a student-centered university and realizing our strategic goals of attracting the very best students to MSU and supporting their excellent performance and continued retention while here. We invite the campus and community to meet the candidates and provide feedback to the search committee."

A summary of the candidates' backgrounds, and date and time of each of their public forums follows in the order of the candidate's visit to the Bozeman campus. All forums, which will be followed by a reception, will be held in the Procrastinator Theater, located in the MSU Strand Union Building. The forums also will be streamed live, at:

Milton Lang, senior associate vice president of student affairs and enrollment at WSU's main Pullman campus, will conduct a public forum at 9 a.m. Monday, April 15.

Lang first joined WSU in 1993 as director of student recruitment and retention with a focus on diversity in WSU's College of Education. In the ensuing years, he earned a master's and a doctorate in higher education administration at WSU. He has served in his present capacity in WSU's Office of Student Development and Retention since 2010. He has also served in the following positions: senior associate vice president for WSU's Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity; associate vice president for diversity fundraising initiatives in the WSU Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity; special assistant to the president serving as development director for diversity and scholarships; and special assistant to the president for campus climate initiatives. Lang has a bachelor's degree in social work from California State University, Chico.

Nancy Krogh, university registrar at the University of Idaho, will conduct a public forum at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Krogh earned her doctorate from MSU in 1997 in higher education administration and adult learning. She has served in her present position as UI's registrar since 2005, previously serving as registrar at the University of North Dakota. While earning her doctorate at MSU she served as graduate resident director and interim assistant director of residence life. She has also held several positions at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, including registrar and director of institutional research, assistant and associate director of admissions. Krogh is currently vice president for finance and sits on the board of directors for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. A graduate of the University of North Dakota with a bachelor's degree in anthropology, Krogh also has a master's degree in education from MSU-Billings.

Stacy Klippenstein, vice chancellor of student affairs at MSU-Billings, will conduct his public forum at

 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 1.

Klippenstein has served as vice chancellor for student affairs at MSU-B since 2006. Klippenstein earned both his bachelor's degree in secondary education and his master's in student affairs administration from MSU-B. He first joined MSU-B in 1991 when he was named assistant director of student life and housing. Subsequently, he worked in the area of residence life at Texas Tech University, where he worked as a complex director for housing and dining service. He also worked as assistant director of residence life for Northern Arizona University; assistant vice president for student affairs and earlier director of University Housing and New Student Programs at Central Washington University. Klippenstein has a doctorate in higher education leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

The successful candidate will succeed James Rimpau, who retires June 30 as MSU Vice President for Student Success. Rimpau oversees MSU's Division of Student Success, which is comprised of a number of offices, people and programs working together to foster a holistic collegiate experience for MSU students.


Dewitt Latimer (406) 994-7474