Montana State University

Professional Council


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Name Position Represents Term# Ends
Smith, Nora Archivist Student Success 1 9/15
Negaard, Donna Chair Administration 1 9/15
Steele, Karen Logisitcs Administration 1 9/15
Dolan, Jake Professional Development Administration 1 9/15
Keene, Abbey Secretary Administration 2 9/13
Brown, Lisa Treasurer Administration 2 9/14
Ringer, Chancey Social Coordinator Student Success 1 9/14
Smith, Nora Member Academic 1 9/15
Greenfield, Elizabeth Chair-Elect Student Success 1 9/15
Cleveland, Sean Website Research 2 9/15
Hilmer, Jonathan Membership Research 1 9/15


Provide a means for professional employees and administration to interact and to discuss, formulate, and recommend university policy to the appropriate university authority. The Professional Council Constitution describes the powers of the Council to recommend such policy, always within the constraints of the Montana University System powers as described in the Constitution of the State of Montana. Please see the Professional Council By Laws and Constitution.


For fall 2012, meetings will be held 10:00 am – 11:00 am, the first and third Wednesday of each month, and/or as called by the Chair. All meetings are conducted according to the MSU policy on open meetings. Please consult the Professional Council web site for meeting locations:


The Professional Council is composed of ten members who are elected from professionals employed in four divisions: four members from Academic Affairs, two from Student Affairs, two from Administrative Offices, and two Research Professionals.  Alternates to regular members may attend and vote in the absence of members to whom they are alternates. These divisions and a provision for alternates are established in the Professional Council By-Laws.

Professional staff members are defined as non-classified, non-faculty employees appointed on a Montana University System contract or Letter of Appointment who hold a non-instructional position. Employees having more than one assignment, where at least one assignment is administrative/professional in nature, are represented by Professional Council for their professional assignment.

Nonvoting Member: Administrative Associate of Professional Council.

Length of Term

Elected members serve three-year terms and may be re-elected. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms. (See Professional Council By-Laws.) P=partial term.

Appointed By

Elected members are elected by their individual constituencies according to the By-Laws of Professional Council.


Current--Donna Negaard
Title--Fiscal & Student Services Manager, The Graduate School
Appointed By--Elected by Professional Council membership
Length of Term--One year, from September to September

Advisory To

Administrators of Montana State University-Bozeman

Reports Due

A Chair's report is included in each meeting, and minutes of meetings are distributed by posting on MSU Today.

Mechanism for Changing This Information

Changes may be made to committee structure and information only in accordance with Professional Council Constitution and By-Laws. Authorization of changes comes only through the Secretary to University Governance Council, with the approval of the current Chair and Chair Elect of Professional Council.

Membership; Updated October 1, 2013