Search Underway for Montana Tech's Next Chancellor



December 7, 2010 – Montana Tech, Butte, MT

With the selection of a chancellor search committee, Montana Tech has begun the first steps in the search for its next Chancellor. The 23-member committee has been tasked with finding the successor for Montana Tech’s Chancellor Frank Gilmore, who will retire on June 30, 2011 after 13 years at Montana Tech.

The chancellor search committee is comprised of:

  • Doug Coe, Dean, College of Letters, Science, and Professional Studies; Chair
  • Doug Abbott, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Grant Mitman, Professor, Biological Sciences and President, MTFA
  • Hal Millegan, Assistant Professor, General Engineering and Chair, Faculty Senate
  • Vickie Petritz, Instructor, Business Technology, College of Technology
  • Henry Gonshak, Professor, Liberal Studies
  • Dan Trudnowski, Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Mary MacLaughlin, Professor, Geological Engineering
  • Amy Verlanic, Director, Technical Outreach
  • Melissa Harrington, Director, Institutional Research and Chair, Staff Senate
  • Marcia Lubick, Computer Support Specialist, Montana Tech Library
  • Sarah Raymond, Director, Career Services
  • Faye Wilson, Assistant Director, Bookstore and Vice President, MPEA
  • Chris Tacke, Vice President, Associated Students of Montana Tech (ASMT)
  • Jennifer Black, graduate student, Environmental Engineering
  • Margie Thompson, community representative
  • David Rovig, Board Member, Montana Tech Foundation
  • Bob Bentley, Jr., President, Montana Tech Alumni Association
  • Ed Deal, Director, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
  • Angela McLean, Montana Board of Regents
  • Joe Fanguy, Director, Office of Technology Transfer, University of Montana
  • Dan Villa, Governor’s Education Policy Advisor
  • John Cech, Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education

Support Personnel (non-voting): Maggie Peterson, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance and EEO Representative; and Carmen Nelson, Assistant to the Chancellor

Selecting the next Chancellor to lead Montana Tech is critically important to Montana Tech’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. The search committee will ensure that those who are vital to the success of the college, particularly employers of Montana Tech’s graduates, parents, the partner campuses of the Montana University System, and especially the community of Butte, have ample opportunity to participate and a voice throughout the selection process.

"With the establishment of the chancellor search committee, the search for a new Chancellor at Montana Tech has begun in earnest," explained Dean Doug Coe. The committee has met once and will meet again on December 14. Currently the committee is surveying faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, employers, friends, and the community to determine what characteristics they would like to see in the next Chancellor. "Working with a search firm hired to assist us in the process, we hope to begin broadly soliciting applications before the end of the year. Ultimately our committee plans to have a Chancellor in place by or before the beginning of the next academic year," Coe elaborated.

All inquiries concerning the progress of the search should be directed to Search Committee Chair, Doug Coe, through Carmen Nelson, Assistant to the Chancellor, by calling (406) 496-4129 or by emailing