Montana State University

MSU continues search for new vice president of agriculture

June 2, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University will be continuing its national search for a new vice president of agriculture to lead the university's College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.

The university had four candidates visit the campus in April for interviews without a hire. 

“We had a great pool of candidates, but we were unable to find a fit that worked for both our top choices and for the university,” said Brett Gunnink, chair of the 22-member search committee and dean of the MSU College of Engineering. 

Applications for the position are still being accepted. The search committee with the assistance of the executive search consulting firm, Greenwood/Asher & Associates, will continue to review applications and develop another pool of finalists. 

“We hope to have another pool of finalists visit campus early in the fall semester so all our students, faculty and staff get a chance to meet them,” Gunnink said. 

Glenn Duff will continue on as interim dean and director of the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station as the search continues. 

“This is an extremely important position for the college, the university and the state. We want to make sure we get the very best person for the job,” Gunnink said. 

MSU's College of Agriculture has 1,028 students with 11 bachelor degree programs; nine master degree programs and four doctoral degree programs from five departments and one division. Historically, it has been among the top three colleges in terms of research activity. The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station conducts research at seven research centers strategically located to address the diverse climatological challenges of the state’s agriculture industry.

The new vice president will be responsible for leading one of MSU's foremost colleges with six departments and one division. In all, 961 students are enrolled in one of 11 undergraduate degree programs. Additionally, there are 147 graduate students across 13 degree programs.  The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station supports faculty, staff and students in on-campus departments, allied facilities, and at seven Agricultural Research Centers across Montana.

Contact: Tracy Ellig, University Communications, (406) 994-5607, tellig@montana.edu