The committee is charged with evaluating candidates to fill MSU President Geoff Gamble's post. Gamble announced his retirement in March.
"The Board of Regents hopes to have a new president selected and in office by January," said Christian, who is the search committee chair. "We are confident that we can find an excellent candidate that will continue MSU's tradition as a leading institution in this country while embracing board priorities of access, affordability and quality."
The committee represents a range of constituent groups from students, faculty, professional staff and community members from across the MSU system at the Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls and Havre campuses.
The presidential search advisory committee's recommendations will be forwarded to Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns. From those recommendations, the Board of Regents will make a final decision.
The committee's first meeting will be held on the MSU campus on May 21.
Academic Search Inc., of Washington, D.C., has been hired to provide professional assistance in the search. Bill Franklin, former president of two public universities and an international higher education consortium, will be the firm's senior consultant working with the committee.
Franklin will be on campus May 21-22 to attend the committee meeting and meet with various constituent groups.
The committee will hold meetings for public input on the search at all the MSU campuses.
The committee members:
Clay Christian, committee chair and vice chair Montana Board of Regents
Jim Rimpau, committee vice chair and MSU vice president of planning and chief information officer
Phyllis Bock, Association Students of Montana State University attorney
Amber Broadbent, MSU doctoral candidate, chemical engineering
Valerie Copie, MSU associate professor chemistry/biochemistry
Sheryl Dettmann, compliance manager, MSU Technology Transfer Office
Todd Eliason, president and partner of Rock Creek Associates
Rolf Groseth, MSU-Northern, interim chancellor
Wade Hill, MSU associate professor nursing
Terrie Iverson, MSU-Billings, administrative vice chancellor
David Jarrett, owner of Jarrafco and manager of the Gallatin Center, Bozeman
Scott Levandowski, market president First Interstate Bank Bozeman
Richard Littlebear, president Chief Dull Knife College
Jan Lombardi, Governor Brian Schweitzer's education policy advisor
Wes Lynch, MSU psychology professor
Linda Reynolds, retired managing partner Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Joe Schaffer, MSU-Great Falls, dean/CEO
Teresa Snyder, Associated Students of Montana State University president
Sheila Stearns, Montana Commissioner of Higher Education
Doug Steele, vice provost and director MSU Extension
Lila Taylor, Montana Board of Regents
Paul Tuss, executive director of Bear Paw Development Corporation, Havre
Contact: Clayton Christian, vice chairman of the Montana Board of Regents, 406-728-1500