It seems everyone is looking for a leader and, this morning, the Montana State University-Northern Chancellor search committee announced four candidates for their search.
After months of quietly receiving resumes and conducting interviews, the final four candidates were announced a week before they will visit the Northern campus to meet the many groups they would serve.
"We had an excellent pool of candidates and we've come up with four finalists that our students, faculty, staff and community members will be impressed with," Joe Callahan, interim MSU-Northern chancellor and search committee co-chair, said.
The four — Lenny Klaver, James Limbaugh, Paul Jones and Phillip Taylor — are all from different sorts of backgrounds and parts of the country. All will be interviewed in the Hensler Auditorium in Northern’s Applied Technology Center.
"We welcome the community to meet the candidates at their public forums," Callahan said. "We're looking for someone who will not only make Northern a great place for our students, but who will also work with the community to help Havre prosper.
Lenny Klaver will be introduced to Havre first, on Monday, from 5:15 to 6:15 p. m.
Klaver teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, in Kenosh, Wis. Until last year he served as the vice chancellor for university relations and advancement, starting in 2001. Before that he was the chair of the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Sports Management as well as the director of athletics.
Before Wisconsin, Klaver was a coach and assistant athletic director at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., where he also received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education. He earned his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.
Havre will meet James Limbaugh next, on Tuesday from 5:15 to 6:15 p. m.
Limbaugh is vice president for strategy, planning and policy at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
Before that he was interim provost and vice president for academic and student affairs for a year, from 2009 to 2010.
From 2007 to 2008, Limbaugh was associate vice president for institutional effectiveness at Frostburg State University in Maryland, where he held a number of positions since 1980, when he moved there from where he was the assistant director of the Memorial Student Union the University of Nebraska-Kearney from 1976.
Paul Jones will be in Havre on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5:15 to 6:15 p. m.
Jones is the vice president for administration and operations at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga. He has also held three other vice president positions in the past nine years.
From 1994 to 2002, Jones worked at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo., where he started as an admissions counselor in 1986 before taking other positions at Utah State University in Logan, and Hood College in Frederick, Md.
Phillip Taylor will be in town for a lunch-time meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11 a. m. to noon.
Taylor is currently the dean of science, liberal arts and business at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, a position he has held since 2004.
From 1999 to 2004, Taylor worked at Glenville State College, in Glenville, W.Va., first as the founding director of the presidential scholars program from 2000 to 2004 and then as the chair of the division of arts and sciences from 2002 to 2004.
Taylor earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and biochemistry and a Master of Science in biology from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s in business administration and a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
The new chancellor will succeed Frank Trocki, whose contract was not renewed.
More information about the chancellor candidates and their visits can be found on the Northern website at: www.msun.edu/chancellorsearch2011.