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MSU to begin search for new Vice President for Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer

May 31, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University is set to begin its search for a new Vice President for Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer.

An 18-member committee has been formed to conduct the national search. Martha Potvin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the search committee’s chair.

“Our new Vice President will assume a critical leadership role at Montana State,” Potvin said. “MSU has a strong record of accomplishment in the areas of research, creativity and technology transfer, and we look forward to searching for a new Vice President who will help us continue to distinguish the university in these areas.”

Members of the search committee are listed below by name and title:

Martha Potvin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chris Anderson, Associate Professor, School of Film and Photography

Kenning Arlitsch, Dean of the MSU Library

John Carlsten, Montana University System Regents Professor, Department of Physics

Robert Carson, Professor, Department of Education

Mary Cloninger, Professor and Department Head, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Sarah Codd, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department

Angela Des Jardins, Director, Montana Space Grant Consortium

Ron Larsen, Interim Dean, Graduate School

Bob Mokwa, Chair, Faculty Senate

Lindsay Murdock, President, Associated Students of Montana State University

Mary Murphy, Professor, Department of History and Philosophy

Jim Oakley, Associate Professor, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Cory Pulfrey, Board of Directors, Innovation Campus

David Singel, Associate Provost and Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Tracy Sterling, Department Head, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Phil Stewart, Director, Center for Biofilm Engineering

Donna Williams, Associate Dean, College of Nursing

MSU’s Vice President for Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer is responsible for MSU's $100 million-plus research enterprise. The Vice President also oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Technology Transfer Office.

MSU is among the nation's top tier of research universities, as recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Foundation has ranked MSU as one of 108 research universities with "very high research activity." 

Contact: Martha Potvin, (406) 994-4371 or