Montana State University

Firm selected for MSU presidential search

April 29, 2009 -- MSU News Service

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Clay Christian, vice chairman of the Montana Board of Regents, announced today that Academic Search Inc., of Washington, D.C., has been selected to conduct the search for a new president of Montana State University.

MSU President Geoff Gamble announced his retirement in late March. Gamble, who has served as MSU's president since 2000, will remain in office until his successor is found.

Academic Search has more than 30 years experience in finding university executives. In the past five years, the firm has completed 245 senior executive searches. It was the firm used when Gamble was selected as president.

The firm's recent clients include: Florida State University, the University of North Dakota, the University of Arizona, the University of Utah, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Georgia.

Academic Search was chosen through a competitive bidding process overseen by the Montana Commissioner of Higher Education's Office and the Montana Board of Regents. The firm will be paid $75,000, plus expenses, for its services.

The firm will organize the search; prepare recommendations of institutional needs; recruit a candidate pool; provide background research and assist the successful candidate's transition into his or her new job.

"We are very pleased to have a firm of Academic Search's caliber to help us with this process," said Clay Christian, who will serve as chair of the MSU presidential search committee. "Finding new executives is one of the most important jobs of the Montana Board of Regents. The investment we make in finding the right person now will bear fruit for years, maybe decades, into the future for both MSU and the state."

Contact: Clay Christian, vice chairman of the Montana Board of Regents, 406-728-1500.