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Marley appointed MSU's interim vice president for student success


Longtime Montana State University administrator and faculty member Robert Marley has been named the university's interim vice president for student success, university officials announced Monday. He will assume his duties on July 1.

"Montana State University's vice president for student success is crucial to continuing MSU's tradition as a student-centered university, attracting the very best students to MSU, and helping those students succeed while they are here," said MSU President Waded Cruzado. "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."

Marley, who holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering from Wichita State University, began his career as a faculty member at the MSU College of Engineering in 1990. He was named associate dean of the college in 1996 before being named dean and director of the college in 2001.

"I have been privileged for many years to work with the students and faculty in the College of Engineering, and I am very excited to continue working with faculty, parents and alumni throughout MSU in helping our students achieve their fullest potential," Marley said. "I am very proud that Montana State has become the university of choice for so many Montanans, as well as attractive to a growing number of students throughout the U.S. and internationally. I remain committed to doing everything we can to serve all of our students and to provide them with opportunities to come and succeed here at Montana State."

As dean of the MSU College of Engineering, Marley has worked to create an environment of success for both students and faculty. Under his leadership, engineering faculty have earned numerous National Science Foundation Career Awards and other notable achievements. In addition, in the last three years alone, MSU engineering students have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including two Rhodes Scholarships, a Marshall Fellowship, a Gates-Cambridge Fellowship, and several Goldwater scholarships. Both faculty and student diversity in the college have increased significantly under Marley's leadership.

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

An internationally recognized scholar and practitioner in the area of occupational ergonomics, Marley is the author of more than 90 publications. Marley also 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 will succeed Jim Rimpau, who retires June 30. MSU's vice president for student success oversees MSU's Division of Student Success, which is comprised of a number of offices, people and programs working together to foster a holistic collegiate experience for MSU students.