James M. Limbaugh, Ph. D., became the 11th Chancellor of Montana State University-Northern on January 1, 2012..
A Texas native, Limbaugh brings to MSUN a career in higher education spanning over thirty years. At Angelo State University, a state-supported institution of 7,000 students in west Texas, Limbaugh served as the Vice President for Strategy, Planning, and Policy from June 2008 through December 2011. In this capacity, he was responsible for all institutional strategic and operational planning initiatives. He concurrently served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs (May 2009-July 2011), with responsibility for all academic programs, the library, admissions, financial aid, student records, and student life.
During a twenty-eight year career at Frostburg State University (a state-supported institution of 4,000 students in western Maryland), Limbaugh held positions in every division of the university, including services as the Associate Dean of Students, Director of Auxiliary Services, Assistant to the Provost, and Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness. Prior to his tenure at Frostburg State University, Limbaugh served as assistant director of the Memorial Student Union at the University of Nebraska-Kearney from 1976 to 1980. He has also taught Freshman Composition and honors seminars in architectural history. Additionally, he served as the facilitator of first-year seminars and advisor to first-year students for over twenty years.
Currently, Limbaugh serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Havre Chamber of Commerce; he also holds membership on the Corporate Board of Northern Montana Health Care. He also is a member of the Committee on Economic and Workforce Development of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In May, 2013, Limbaugh was named the Montana Associated Students "Student Advocate of the Year."
Limbaugh earned a bachelor's of science in history from Frostburg State University and a bachelor's of arts in general business and English from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He holds a master's of science in student personnel and guidance from Texas A&M-Commerce and a doctorate of philosophy in educational policy and leadership from the University of Maryland.
Limbaugh's wife, Trish, is a professional artist. They have three children and four grandchildren.