Beth Weatherby, provost of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., has been selected as the 22nd chancellor of the University of Montana Western.
“I am excited about joining Montana Western as the chancellor of such a unique and innovative institution. I look forward to continuing the phenomenal success the university has realized over the last 10 years,” Weatherby said. “Montana Western’s Experience One creates unparalleled learning experiences for students and truly sets the institution apart from all others.”
University of Montana President Royce Engstrom made the announcement Friday, concluding an extensive search that began last spring. Montana Western is an affiliate campus of UM.
“The search committee, with the active involvement of the campus and Dillon communities, did an outstanding job of bringing highly qualified candidates to the campus,” Engstrom said. “Dr. Weatherby emerged as an exemplary candidate and a person who will step into the chancellor role quickly and effectively. Her background in public higher education positions her to lead Montana Western into an exciting future.”
Since 2007, Weatherby has served as the provost and vice president of academic and student affairs for Southwest Minnesota State, increasing undergraduate enrollment by 12 percent in one year. In addition she has worked with three presidents and their teams to substantially increase the university’s fundraising, led the transformation of the undergraduate curriculum, and worked with faculty to build programs related to food and agriculture, nursing and exercise science.
Before serving as provost, Weatherby was dean of letters and sciences, and director of the university’s creative writing program.
She is the co-founder of Connect, a networking organization for professional women in southwest Minnesota, acted as board member for the Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program, and was a member of the United Way board of directors.
Weatherby earned a doctorate of arts in English and creative writing from the University of Albany in New York and has a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Weatherby succeeds Richard Storey, who retired in August after serving as UMW’s chancellor for 10 years. Her appointment will be submitted to the Montana Board of Regents for final approval. She is expected to assume her new duties on Jan. 15, 2015.
Weatherby will be joined in Dillon by her husband Steve Kramer, an environmental philosophy and ethics professor at SMSU.