Dr. Stefani Hicswa

Dr. Stefani Hicswa is currently serving as chancellor for Montana State University Billings, effective January 11, 2021. She is the first woman to hold the position of Chancellor since the university’s founding in 1927.

Previously, Dr. Hicswa was president of Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, a position she held since 2013. Under her leadership, Northwest College achieved the highest completion rate in its history, completed significant capital projects, and launched comprehensive strategic visioning, enrollment management, and facilities master plans. Prior to Northwest College, Hicswa served for seven years as president of Miles Community College in Miles City.

Throughout her career, Dr. Hicswa has assumed numerous state and national leadership roles, including membership on the Higher Education Research and Development Institute national advisory board. In 2018, she was appointed by former Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to co-chair the Wyoming Educational Attainment Executive Council. Governor Mark Gordon appointed her to serve on the Wyoming’s Tomorrow Task Force in 2019.

Dr. Hicswa was recognized by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in 2018 with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, Phi Theta Kappa’s most prestigious award for college presidents. She was honored in 2007 as a Distinguished Graduate at The University of Texas at Austin. She also recently served as a board member for Forward Cody, and Powell Economic Partnership and Chamber of Commerce and is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Miles City, Montana.

A first-generation college student, Dr. Hicswa holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in adult, community, and higher education from Montana State University, and a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Montana. Raised in Dillon, Dr. Hicswa is married to Scott Hicswa, a consulting forester. They have two sons.

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