Montana State University

Kate Grimes named MSU’s new equity compliance director and Title IX coordinator

July 16, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Kate Grimes, Title IX coordinator and assistant and adviser to the president at a small public college in Maine, has been selected as Montana State University’s new director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator, university officials announced Wednesday. She will assume her responsibilities in mid-August.

As director, Grimes will serve as the central campus resource on issues related to protected class discrimination, harassment and Title IX. In addition, Grimes will develop and oversee a comprehensive program for Title IX discrimination and harassment compliance and educational outreach for students, faculty and staff. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Grimes will also coordinate and ensure the timely completion of the university's response and investigation of complaints including harassment and discrimination.

“Kate is an excellent choice for this important leadership role,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “As an experienced attorney and college administrator, she is well-positioned to lead MSU’s efforts to provide an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment.”

Matt Caires, MSU dean of students and chair of the nine-member committee that headed the search for the position, said Grimes is a natural fit for the position.

“Kate’s higher education experience, coupled with her 16 years as a criminal defense attorney, will help advance our efforts to improve campus culture and our compliance efforts with Title IX,” Caires said. 

In addition to her work as Title IX coordinator and assistant adviser to the president at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, Grimes has served as an assistant public defender in West Chester, Pa., and Lancaster, Pa., and as an attorney in a private practice. She earned a law degree from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa., and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University in State College.

“I am excited to join Montana State University,” Grimes said. “This is an important position, and I look forward to working with the entire university community to ensure a diverse and supportive environment.”

Grimes succeeds Diane Letendre, who left the university in March to pursue a new professional position.

Contact: Matt Caires, (406) 994-2826 or