Waded Cruzado

Ms. Cruzado has served as President of Montana State University since 2010. Montana State University has set new student enrollment records, becoming the fastest growing and the largest university in the state. President Cruzado was honored as the 2011 Michael P. Malone Educator of the Year from the Montana Ambassadors for demonstrating outstanding accomplishment, excellence, and leadership in the field of education. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed President Cruzado to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. She was reappointed in 2017 and served on the board until 2020. In 2013, President Cruzado began serving on Montana’s Gov. Steve Bullock’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force. Ms. Cruzado currently serves on several educational boards and was a former member of the Board of Directors of PayneWest Insurance before it was acquired by Marsh & McLennan Agency in April 2021. Ms. Cruzado holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington.