Dear MSU Community,

Thank you very much to all of you who accepted my invitation to share your recommendations in regards to the future of MSU Extension. Please know how much I appreciate your opinion and your devotion to MSU Extension.

I am pleased to announce the beginning of a national search for the next Executive Director of MSU Extension. My expectation is that the search process will enable us to fill the position of Executive Director by October 1, 2018.

 In keeping with direction from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education regarding the size of search committees for executive-level positions, the committee will be comprised of seven individuals representing MSU Extension faculty, staff and stakeholders.

Dr. Miley Gonzalez, Vice Provost of the MSU Office of International Programs, will chair the search committee. Dr. Gonzalez brings with him a wealth of experience in Extension as well as in rural development, agriculture, and international trade at the state, federal and international levels. Dr. Gonzalez will be assisted by Julia Heard, who will serve as the search committee's administrative staff.

  • Dr. Sandra Bailey, Family & Human Development Specialist, MSU Extension E-mail 
  • Roni Baker, Yellowstone County Agent, MSU Extension E-mail
  • Larry Brence, Eastern Regional Department Head, MSU Extension E-mail
  • Jamie Doggett, Member, Montana Extension Advisory Council E-mail
  • Dave Kelsey, Member, Montana Extension Advisory Council E-mail
  • Todd Kesner, Director, 4-H Center for Youth Development E-mail  

 I want to thank these individuals for their willingness to serve in this very important endeavor and for their commitment to reaching out and to representing the multiple and different constituencies of MSU Extension.

MSU Extension is very important to our university and to the citizens of Montana. As such, I urge you to assist the search committee in its work by forwarding the names of potential nominees as well as spreading the word of the search to potential candidates. You can forward nominations to Dr. Gonzalez at or to Julia Heard at

The citizens of Montana have come to trust and rely on MSU Extension. Every time I travel this state you give me reason to be proud and to celebrate your accomplishments and legacy. Thank you for all you do for MSU Extension.



Waded Cruzado

Montana State University Office of the President
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