Helena College will delay the search for a permanent dean until 2019 according to an announcement released Monday.
Instead, Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian selected Kirk Lacy to serve as interim dean through June of 2019. Lacy is the director of Industry Driven Workforce Development Partnerships, a program that creates workforce initiatives and apprenticeship programs in Montana.
Helena College put on a nationwide search for a new dean and settled on two finalists. On Nov. 14, the school announced one candidate withdrew and the search committee decided not to hire the remaining candidate. The statement said Helena College would start a search from scratch led by Christian.
But the statement released Monday said Lacy will start his interim duties on Jan. 16 if approved by the Board of Regents.
Christian said the appointment will provide “stable leadership and opportunity for the Board of Regents to assess college leadership needs after Lacy’s interim role is completed.”
“Dr. Lacy has a strong record of accomplishments in higher education, campus leadership and workforce development that meets the needs of students and employers in a very meaningful way,” Christian said in the statement.
Lacy was a faculty member and associate dean at City College in Billings and an associate and interim dean at Montana State University Billings College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning. He was previously an administrator at Chadron State College in Nebraska.