Montana State University

Groseth to serve as interim chancellor at MSU-Billings

March 31, 2010 -- MSU News Service

Rolf Groseth, MSU-Bozeman's vice president of inter-campus affairs, will serve as interim chancellor of MSU-Billings beginning July 15. Groseth takes over from Ron Sexton, who announced his retirement in February after 15 years as MSU-Billings chancellor. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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Montana State University President Waded Cruzado announced today the appointment of Rolf Groseth, MSU's vice president of inter-campus affairs, as interim chancellor of MSU-Billings.

Groseth replaces Ron Sexton, who announced his retirement in February. Sexton will remain MSU-Billings' chancellor until Groseth takes the office on July 15.

Cruzado met last week with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members in Billings to hear about where they would like to see MSU-Billings go in the future, what they would like in an interim chancellor, and ultimately, in a permanent chancellor.

"Rolf is an excellent pick for this position," Cruzado said. "With his recent experience as interim chancellor of MSU-Northern and his background in inter-campus affairs, he will be an ideal leader as the campus moves through this transition period."

A search committee will be formed in the next few weeks to find a permanent chancellor. Groseth will not serve as search committee chair so he can focus on running the university until a permanent replacement is found, Cruzado said.

"The search will be a great opportunity for faculty, staff and students at MSU-Billings to do some self-reflection on the campus' strengths and areas in which they'd like to see it grow," Cruzado said.

Groseth served as interim chancellor at MSU-Northern from January 2008 to August of 2009 after the retirement of Alex Capdeville.

"It will be a privilege to serve the Billings community and Montana State University as interim chancellor," Groseth said. "I know this campus and its people well and look forward to working with them. MSU-Billings is a great school, in great shape, thanks to Chancellor Sexton."

Sexton served 15 years as MSU-Billings chancellor. In his retirement, Sexton will chair the Opportunity Campaign for MSU-Billings Scholarships.

Groseth has worked at MSU since 1977 when he was hired as the director of student activities for the Bozeman campus. The Chicago-area native has a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University where he was also an All-American in swimming. He earned his master's degree from Iowa State University and his doctorate from the University of Florida. Groseth also served two years in the U.S. Army, including a 12-month tour of duty in Vietnam.

Groseth has served in a variety of positions at MSU including dean of students, vice provost for students affairs, executive assistant to the president, and the MSU System coordinator. Groseth is married to Jaynee Drange Groseth, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association.

Contact: Rolf Groseth, 406-994-2341 or