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Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Search

Welcome to the Montana Technological University site established for the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs search currently underway. Chancellor Les Cook and the search committee invite you to delve into this information and to determine if you are the ideal candidate for this critically important position. The University community does not take this undertaking lightly. We are eager to welcome an individual who will join with us as a team leader, team player, and team thinker. We seek commitment and loyalty, as well as intellectual wherewithal in our academic endeavors. Join us.


Steven D. Gammon

Lee B. Kats

Lou Reinisch

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September 17

Search Committee meets
Chancellor delivers charge

September 26

Search launched and advertised

November 7

Deadline for applications (for best consideration)

November 20

Search Committee meets

Selection of semifinalists

December 2-3

Search Committee meets

Semifinalists interviews

Finalists identified

Week of December 9

Campus visits

Week of December 9

Search Committee meets

Recommendations made to Chancellor


Karen VanDaveer
Co-Chair, Director of Nursing

Stella Capoccia
Assistant Professor
College of Letters, Science and Professional Studies

Leslie Dickerson
Registrar, Director of Enrollment Services

Katie Hailer
Associate Professor
College of Letters, Science and Professional Studies

Raja Nagisetty
Associate Professor
School of Mines and Engineering
Environmental Engineering

Carrie Vath
Dean of Students, Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management

Dan Trudnowski
Co-Chair, Dean, School of Mines and Engineering

Jayden Chilson
Undergraduate Student Mechanical Engineering

Nick Digiovine
Vice Chair, Montana Tech Foundation/Community

Rita Lamiaux
Highlands College of MTU
Information Technology

Jack Skinner
Associate Professor
School of Mines and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Grant Wallace
Graduate Student
Materials Science

Montana Technological University
  1. The Search Committee shall advise the Chancellor in the selection of the next Provost of Montana Technological University.
  2. The Committee shall recommend an Advertisement and University Profile clearly representing criteria for the position of Provost of Montana Technological University. The Committee is directed to consider inclusion of strong demonstrated skills which address the “special focus” designation of Montana Technological University. 
  3. Appointees to the Committee will serve without predetermined bias for or against any prospective candidates nominated, referred, or discovered in the search process.
  4. Committee members will agree to review all candidates in accordance with the adopted equal education and opportunity guideline, i.e., without regard to race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, national origin, or ancestry.
  5. Committee members shall commit to preserve the confidentiality of the search process and candidate identities. Such confidentiality is essential to the successful outcome of the search and must be maintained with professionalism and diligence at all times throughout the search process.
  6. Committee members will serve with the understanding that the Committee will meet frequently over a period of months and that attendance at scheduled meetings is a top priority.
  7. The Committee shall work with the advice of executive search consultants to search and screen for appropriate candidates. The Committee shall evaluate nominations and applications.
  8. The Committee will present to the Chancellor an unranked list of candidates (2 to 3) who are the most qualified for selection as the next Provost of Montana Technological University.

AGB Search Consultants

Dr. James McCormick

Dr. James McCormickJames H. McCormick is Chancellor Emeritus of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.  He began his term of office in July 2001, and concluded service to the system in 2011.  Before undertaking Minnesota leadership, Dr. McCormick was the founding chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, created July 1, 1983, and also holds the title Chancellor Emeritus there.  He was president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania from 1973 to 1983, and was a professor and administrator for Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in the preceding eight years.

Dr. McCormick is a past chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and served as a rotating chair of the Higher Education Advisory Council for the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.  He was the founding chair of the Minnesota P-20 Education Roundtable/Partnership and has held leadership roles with numerous organizations, including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of System Heads, serving as national chair for the latter.  Dr. McCormick also was elected national chair of the State Higher Education Executive Officers; served on the SHEEO Executive Committee; and chaired its Federal Relations Committee.  He served on the Government and Public Affairs Commission for the American Council on Education and was a participant in the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges.  In 2007, Dr. McCormick was part of the Department of Education's Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for accreditation, and in 2008, he accepted a rare second term of service with the Association of Governing Boards' Council of Presidents.  He also has served as a member of the William Mitchell School of Law board of trustees.

Dr. McCormick is recipient of several honors and recognitions, among them a citation for "model" leadership style in the publication, Shared Visions of Public Higher Education Governance.  In 2002, the honor of an Ojibwe name was given Dr. McCormick by the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, Minnesota.  The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties' prestigious Distinguished Friend of Higher Education Award was presented to McCormick in 2005.  Other noteworthy awards given him came from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators with the Distinguished Service Award; the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership's Ron McKinley All My Relations Award; and in 2011, he received Minnesota's American Indian Conference Award.

Dr. McCormick is a frequent speaker, particularly on issues addressing characteristics of leadership, governance, workforce development, higher education opportunity for the underserved and underrepresented, and the public higher education access mission in universities and community colleges.

Dr. McCormick is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He earned Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He has also completed post-doctoral study at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Ms. Janice Fitzgerald

Ms. Janice FitzgeraldJanice S. Fitzgerald has served as a Consultant with AGB Search since 2011. She served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chancellor for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system from 2001 to 2011.  As a part of the senior policy team for the college and university system during that time, she worked closely with the system’s governing board, the chancellor, and college/university presidents on matters of policy, procedure and practice system-wide.  

Prior to joining the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Ms. Fitzgerald was the founding public relations and communications director for the State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania.  She left that office as the Executive Deputy for the system. Ms. Fitzgerald was director of public relations and publications at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and an assistant professor of English there. She also taught at Villanova University and Carnegie-Mellon University and presented at numerous seminars, workshops, and conferences.  

Ms. Fitzgerald has been recognized for academic and community honors, and is included on Outstanding Young Women of America lists.  A recipient of a citation from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, Philadelphia; and is a National Association for Equal Opportunity Alumnus of the Year awardee.  In addition, the Education Writers Association has selected her for the EWA and Johnson Foundation Wingspread Seminars in Racine, Wisconsin.  Ms. Fitzgerald also has been recognized for organizational and crisis management skills.

Ms. Fitzgerald currently works with the Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies.  As a founding member of the College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania, she served as secretary and vice president of the group and helped establish the CUPRAP Minorities in Communications Scholarship.  She has held membership in the Modern Language Association, Public Relations Society of America, the National Association of Women in Education, the Barbara Pym Society and was a member of the state planning committee for the Pennsylvania American Council on Education-National Identification Program for Women.

Ms. Fitzgerald graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, received the Master of Education from Cheyney University and the Master of Arts from Villanova University.  Doctoral course work in rhetoric and composition was undertaken at Carnegie-Mellon University, and she completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.