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Dear MSU Community,

Dr. Charles Boyer, Montana State University's first Vice President of Agriculture, has announced his plans to retire from MSU on Dec. 28, 2018. Please join me in thanking Dr. Boyer for his service and dedication to your university over the last four years.

Dr. Boyer joined MSU from California State University, Fresno, in 2014. At MSU, he oversaw the College of Agriculture's five academic departments and seven statewide agricultural research centers as dean and served as director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. He led many initiatives that deepened MSU's ties with our state's agricultural community and led to the College of Agriculture's 10th year of increased enrollment -- resulting in an all-time enrollment record for the college this fall. Additionally, Dr. Boyer helped secure the college's two endowed chairs in plant and animal sciences, which are funded by private philanthropy.  

The university will begin a national search for his replacement. A search committee has been formed with individuals whose backgrounds and contributions to MSU will help us identify the most qualified candidates.

Dr. Robert Mokwa, MSU executive vice president and provost, will chair the search committee, with support from Greenwood/Asher and Associates, a higher education search consulting company, to assist us with the search. Julie Heard in the MSU Office of the Provost will provide administrative support.

The committee members, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Jody Barney, Budget and Fiscal Director, MSU College of Agriculture & Montana Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Meghan Brence, MSU College of Agriculture senior student & MSU Agricultural Ambassador
  • Prashant Jha, Associate Professor, Southern Agricultural Research Center
  • Jane Mangold, Rangeland Weed Specialist & Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Leader, MSU Extension, Associate Professor, Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
  • Lola Raska, Executive Vice President, Montana Grain Growers
  • Jovanka Voyich-Kane, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Director of American-Indian-Alaska Native Clinical and Transitional Research

Finalists will be invited to visit our campus in coming months, and we anticipate our new Vice President of Agriculture to start at the beginning of spring semester 2019. During the search process, we will share events and timelines. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas for this position with members of the search committee so that they may incorporate your comments into the process. You can email the search committee at Please also join me in thanking these individuals for their willingness to serve in this important endeavor.


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Waded Cruzado
President, Montana State University