University Relations and Communications


October 12, 2017

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MSU President Announces MSU Billings Chancellor Search Committee



University Relations and Communications, 657-2266




Dear MSU Billings Community,


Thank you very much for your support for a national search to appoint the next Chancellor for MSU Billings. As I shared with you earlier in the week, Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education John Cech has kindly accepted my invitation to chair the Search Committee.


Working with Dr. Cech, we have identified a group that will serve as the MSU Billings Chancellor Search Committee. In forming this committee, we placed special attention to identifying individuals who represent the faculty, students, staff, alumni, community leaders and benefactors of MSU Billings. I am pleased to announce 18 members of the MSU Billings Chancellor Search Committee, listed in alphabetical order:


Dan Carter, Public and Government Affairs, ExxonMobil Billings Refinery


John Cech, Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education and Search Committee Chair


Reno Charette, Director of American Indian Outreach, MSU Billings


Diane Duin, Dean, MSU Billings College of Allied Health Professions; Interim Dean, MSU Billings College of Business


Mary Susan Fishbaugh, Dean, MSU Billings College of Education; Director, MSU Billings Graduate Studies


Katelyn Focht, President of the Associated Students of MSU Billings


Vern Gagnon, Instructor of Automotive Technology, City College MSU Billings and Vice President of MEA-MFT, MSU Billings local


Paul Gatzemeier, Executive Director, Horses Spirits Healing Inc., Billings


Susan Gilbertz, Professor of Geography and Chair of MSU Billings Faculty Senate


John Gun Shows, Student, City College - MSU Billings


Mike Gulledge, Publisher, The Billings Gazette and The Missoulian


Joy Honea, Professor of Sociology; Chair of MSU Billings Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies; and President of MSU Billings Faculty Association


Lenette Kosovich, Chief Executive Officer, Rimrock Foundation


Steve Loveless, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Vincent Health Care


Robert Mokwa, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montana State University


Lisa Perry, Community Relations Manager, NorthWestern Energy


Martha Sheehy, Regent, Montana University System


Sheri Steiner, Administrative Assistant and MSU Billings Chair Staff Senate


To assist the MSU Billings Chancellor Search Committee in this important endeavor, we have retained the consulting services of Greenwood/Asher & Associates. The committee will be aptly staffed by Julie Heard, Executive Assistant to Dr. Robert Mokwa, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Montana State University. Julie can be reached at


The first meeting for the MSU Billings Chancellor Search Committee has been scheduled for Friday, November 3, at the campus of City College MSU Billings. An agenda is viewable here (PDF).


I'm counting on the active participation and involvement of the greater MSU Billings Community in this process.




Waded Cruzado
President, Montana State University