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MSU presidential search committee selected

May 12, 2009 -- MSU News Service

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Clayton Christian, vice chairman of the Montana Board of Regents, announced the members of the Montana State University presidential search advisory committee today.

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