University Relations and Communications


February 16, 2018


the MSU Billings university campus and the City of Billings


Open Forum Schedule for MSU Billings Chancellor Search Candidates



John E. Cech, deputy commissioner of academic, research, and student affairs, Montana’s Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

(406) 670-0848,


Tracy Ellig, executive director of university communications, Montana State University

(406) 994-5607,


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The MSU Billings Chancellor Search committee invites the community to interact with the candidates as they visit campus on February 20-26. On the below days, open forums will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Petro Theater. These sessions are open to the public.


•       Tuesday, February 20 - Dr. Carmen Simone

•       Wednesday, February 21 - Dr. Dan Edelman

•       Thursday, February 22 - Dr. Susan Elrod

•       Friday, February 23 - Dr. Ron Larsen


Below are brief biographical descriptions of the candidates. The MSUB Chancellor Search website includes the candidates’ full CVs and feedback surveys. This site will also have live stream and recordings of the forums.


Carmen SimoneCarmen Simone is currently the president of Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad and Alamosa, Colorado, a post she has held since 2013.  Simone holds a doctorate in chemistry from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Prior to her presidency at Trinidad State Junior College, Simone was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, from 2011 to 2013.


Dan EdelmanDan Edelman is currently the executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer of the University of North Texas at Dallas, a post he has held since 2014. Edelman holds a doctorate in mathematics education with an accounting related dissertation from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Prior to his vice presidency at the University of North Texas, Edelman held progressive leadership positions at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas, between 2007 and 2014 culminating in a position as associate provost and vice president of academic affairs.


Susan ElrodSusan Elrod is currently provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a post she has held since 2016. Elrod holds a doctorate in genetics from the University of California, Davis. Prior to serving as provost at the University of Wisconsin, Elrod was interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Chico, from 2014 to 2016.


Ron LarsenRon Larsen is currently the interim chancellor of Montana State University Billings, a post he has held since 2017. Larsen holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in State College. Prior to serving as interim chancellor at Montana State University Billings, Larsen was associate provost at Montana State University in Bozeman from 2011 to 2017.