Longtime Montana State University administrator and faculty member Robert Marley has been named the university’s interim vice president for student success, MSU said Monday.

Marley will assume his duties on July 1.

MSU President Waded Cruzado said the job is important to MSU's student-centered atmosphere and helping students succeed.

“For many years, Dr. Marley has demonstrated his commitment to students, as well as his impressive talents as a faculty member and dean on our campus. We are delighted he has agreed to serve in this important leadership position,” she said.

An alumnus of Wichita State University, Marley began his career as a professor in the MSU College of Engineering in 1990. He was named associate dean of the college in 1996 before being named dean in 2001.

"I am very excited to continue working with faculty, parents and alumni throughout MSU in helping our students achieve their fullest potential,” Marley said.

Last March, Marley was named one of 57 American Council on Education Fellows for the 2012-13 academic year. The program identifies and prepares promising senior faculty and administrators for positions in college and university administration. As a fellow, Marley spent the past academic year working closely with the president and provost of Texas A&M University.

A scholar and practitioner of occupational ergonomics, Marley is the author of more than 90 publications. He has been elected to national office in the American Society for Engineering Education, and he is a past president of the International Society for Occupational Ergonomics and Safety.

Marley replaces Jim Rimpau, who retires June 30.

MSU’s vice president for student success oversees MSU's Division of Student Success, which comprises a number of offices, people and programs working to improve students' "college experience" at MSU.

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