Montana State University has named five finalists for one of the Bozeman campus’s most important jobs, leading its $130 million research effort.

All five finalists are from outside Montana. They have been invited to campus the week of July 22 to 26 for interviews.

Each will attend a public forum, where people can meet them, ask questions and submit comments to the search committee.

The finalists and the dates of their visits are:

• David Rosowsky, who recently stepped down after six years as provost of the University of Vermont, will visit campus July 22.

• Mark McLellan, vice president of research and graduate studies at Portland State University for the past year, visits July 23.

• Kevin Gardner, vice provost for research at the University of New Hampshire, visits Wednesday, July 24.

• Jason Carter, associate vice president for research at Michigan Technological University since 2018, will visit July 25.

• Ana de Bettencourt-Dias, who served four years as associate vice president for research at the University of Nevada in Reno, visits July 26.

Each public forum will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building’s auditorium and will be followed by a reception until 5:45 p.m., in the lobby.

The search committee is headed by Abbie Richards, Faculty Senate chair and an associate professor in chemical and biological engineering. The committee will make hiring recommendations to MSU President Waded Cruzado.

MSU is seeking to replace Renee Reijo Pera, who has served for five years as vice president for research, economic development and graduate education. Reijo Pera announced in April she plans to move in August to a similar job at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

The five finalists’ resumes can be found on MSU’s website (

Gail Schontzler can be reached at or 406-582-2633. Follow her on Twitter @gailnews.

Gail Schontzler covers schools and Montana State University for the Chronicle.

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