Montana State University

MSU names Cathy Hasenpflug new chief human resources officer

January 28, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Montana State University has hired Cathy Hasenpflug as its new chief human resources officer (CHRO). As the MSU CHRO, Hasenpflug will manage the institution’s human resources operation, including recruitment, compensation and health benefits. Her new role will begin Monday, Feb. 1. Photo courtesy of Cathy Hasenpflug.   High-Res available

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Montana State University has hired Cathy Hasenpflug as its new chief human resources officer (CHRO). Her new role will begin Monday, Feb. 1. 

As the CHRO, Hasenpflug will oversee management of the institution’s human resources operation, including recruitment, compensation, health benefits and union negotiations, as well as set the strategic direction for HR services. 

In addition to serving the MSU campus in Bozeman, Hasenpflug will collaborate with MSU Billings, Great Falls College MSU and MSU Northern – as well as the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education – to develop, implement and communicate HR-related policies, programs and processes and to ensure compliance with relevant statutes and regulations. 

“I am honored to be offered the position of chief human resources officer for MSU. I am deeply committed to the land-grant mission of Montana State University and to our diverse and talented community of faculty and staff,” Hasenpflug said. “Over the past two and a half years, I’ve enjoyed working with teams across campus to take a fresh look at many of our human resources processes. The opportunity to expand this work across the full scope of human resources is very exciting and humbling.” 

Hasenpflug joined MSU in May 2013 and most recently served as the associate chief human resources officer. Previously, she has held international human resources senior management positions within the high technology and investment management industries. 

“We are pleased to have Cathy serve us in this important role,” said MSU Vice President Terry Leist.  “Her extensive knowledge, experience and focus on service will be a great benefit to Montana State University."

Contact: Terry Leist, MSU vice president for administration and finance, (406) 994-4361 or