A petition to remove Montana State University-Northern Chancellor James Limbaugh has been floating around town.
Mike Tilleman, owner of Tilleman Motor Co., said he was approached by community members to help in getting signatures for a petition that reads:
“We the undersigned businesses and citizens of Havre believe that Chancellor James Limbaugh is not working for the best interest of the school, the community, and the students of MSU-Northern. We ask the Regents to take action and remove Chancellor Limbaugh from his position.”
Tilleman has dozens of signatures on the petition at his office.
“I haven’t found anybody who doesn’t want to sign it,” Tilleman said.
He said he decided to host the petition at his office because he thinks that hiring Limbaugh is the “worst business decision that was ever made.”
The firing of former head football coach Mark Samson was an issue Tilleman felt passionate about. He said firing the head coach at the start of the season was not a good move.
“It’s not fair to the kids; it’s not fair to the coach,” Tilleman said.
Tilleman said Samson’s firing was just one of many errors the chancellor has made. It adds to the ranks of cutting the secondary education program, said Tilleman, an 11-year former National Football League player.
“I worked for 14 years to bring the walls down between that school and that community and he wants to build the walls up,” Tilleman said.
Tilleman said he and the other business owners and people who are pushing the petition are going to submit it to higher-ups in the Montana University System once they feel they have an adequate number of signatures.
Director of University Relations Jim Potter and Chancellor James Limbaugh said they did not want to comment on the matter.