Kegel’s appointment is expected to be approved by the Montana Board of Regents at its regularly scheduled meeting in May.
“I’m humbled and honored to be asked to lead Northern as the permanent chancellor,” Kegel said. “The amount of support and encouragement I have received over the past eight months has been amazing. I look forward to working with our faculty, staff and proud community members to make Northern the best it can be for our students.”
In making the appointment, MSU President Waded Cruzado said a recent listening session in Havre on the future of Northern’s leadership made it clear the direction the campus and the community wanted to go.
“Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community and business leaders showed incredible support and enthusiasm for Greg,” Cruzado said. “He has the trust and respect not only of the Hi-Line, but also of the Montana Board of Regents, his colleagues on MSU’s other three campuses and myself.
“There is no one more suited to lead Northern forward than Greg Kegel. He will do great things for the students of Northern and the community of Havre,” Cruzado said.
Kegel, who was appointed interim chancellor in August 2014, started at Northern in 1982. In 2001, he was named dean and has worked to expand Northern's technical programs, including establishing two-year associate programs in several trade crafts such as plumbing, carpentry, construction and electrical. He has also worked to strengthen the cooperative student program for diesel and automotive students by introducing summer internship programs with more than 50 national and international businesses.
Kegel helped secure more than $5 million to build Northern's new Applied Technology Center, which was completed in 2006. He also was instrumental in starting the BioEnergy Research Center and helped obtain an additional $5 million in federal appropriations and grants that built the new Advanced Fuels Building.
More recently, Kegel raised more than $4 million to match $4.9 million provided by the Montana Legislature and governor during the 2013 legislative session for a new auto-diesel technology building.
Prior to his appointment as dean, Kegel achieved the rank of full professor in Industrial Technology and Design Drafting at MSU-Northern and participated as a certified training specialist for Autodesk Inc. He earned a master's of science degree in school administration from Central Washington University.
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