MSUB Chancellor Search

The Position & Challenges



Major challenges for the next chancellor are:

  • Implement new enrollment management practices that will increase four-year enrollments at MSUB university campus and two-year enrollments at the City College campus; working with the faculty, implement best practices to markedly improve retention and completion rates throughout the institution;
  • Enhancing the identity of MSUB by making it an important participant in a strong eight campus university system; building its brand as a public university in Montana’s largest city; and enhancing scholarship throughout the institution;
  • Leading a campus-wide strategic planning process that is tied to financial metrics; identifying the most important academic and administrative priorities for the future of MSUB and tying them to the strategic goals of the university system; partnering with other MSU institutions to offer joint programs; partnering with business and industry in Billings and eastern Montana to serve community/industry needs and create work based learning opportunities for students; partner with Billings Public Schools and other regional school districts to develop new K-12 partnerships and dual enrollment opportunities; continuing to meet the expectations of the Northwest Association on implementing outcomes assessment;
  • Building new resources for MSUB through fundraising, public/private partnerships, and other entrepreneurial programs; encouraging the governor, Legislature, and Board of Regents to more fully invest in higher education on a state-wide basis;
  • MSUB students studying in the atrium in the Student Union BuildingSupporting the City College to become an important part of the MUS comprehensive two-year college initiative; working with the president to better define this effort and to fully incorporate new efforts on the Billings campus;
  • Enhancing diversity throughout MSUB; becoming colleagues with the seven tribal college presidents and inviting their graduates to attend MSUB; leading an effort to further build a strong Hispanic student population;
  • Continuing to build strong linkages with leaders in the civic, business and non-profit sectors; leading workforce development in the community; in these endeavors and identifying programs for implementation/discontinuation at the MSUB and City College MSUB campuses.


MSUB students studying in Peaks to Plains Park on the MSUB university campus

The Position


Montana State University Billings (MSUB) is seeking a visionary chancellor who is committed to serving the university’s student-centered mission and will serve as a strong, entrepreneurial-minded leader who can galvanize the university and its diverse community around a compelling vision for the future. The next chancellor of MSUB will lead the institution to its next level of excellence by focusing on successful practices that will result in student recruitment and in helping students graduate on time. Understanding the university’s mission, the chancellor will continue to attract and develop outstanding faculty and staff, will enhance the excellent relationships with alumni as well as with the business and non-profit communities. The chancellor will forge new public/private partnerships and will raise significant funds to advance MSUB.


The president of Montana State University and the MSUB community seek a new chancellor who has unquestioned integrity, has demonstrated abilities as a strategic thinker, is a strong leader, an entrepreneur and innovator, and who:

  • Possesses an earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education and/or other credentials that would engender the trust of the faculty and higher education community;
  • Has experience as a sitting chief executive officer or vice chancellor/vice president with a strong focus on student success, proven track record in fundraising and public/private partnerships; has outstanding non-traditional experience with an understanding of higher education experience as well;
  • Possesses financial acumen, strategic planning/budgeting experience, political savviness, knowledge of two-year colleges, and is technologically sophisticated;
  • Is strongly committed to diversity throughout the institution and can provide historical evidence of recruiting and retaining minorities and women.
  • Wishes to engage in major gifts fund raising, and has a substantial commitment to effective community, business, and university relations; has a verifiable record in these areas;
  • Has a collaborative management style and manages change well; is adept at conflict resolution; is accomplished in interpersonal relations and team building;
  • Is a team player and leader within the MSU community—having a university systems experience is an added plus;
  • Demonstrates strong public speaking, listening, and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate a vision for the university and execute a plan for implementation of the vision; and
  • Proven success in workforce and economic development.



The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applicant Review


Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by January 6, 2018.


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