The dean of the education college at the University of Montana will serve as interim chancellor at the University of Montana Western in Dillon when current Chancellor Richard Storey retires Aug. 8.

Roberta “Bobbie” Evans is dean of UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences. She will continue her principal duties as dean while serving as interim chancellor.

UM President Royce Engstrom said the search for the next chancellor is well underway. He expects the search committee to bring a group of finalists to campus in late summer or early fall and hopes the next chancellor begins work Jan. 1, 2015.

Evans has served as UM education dean for nine years.

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