Paula Short

Scott Rogers of Bozeman-based Environmental Solutions releasing his findings of no asbestos-related health hazards in McGill Hall on the University of Montana's campus on Feb. 7, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / MTPR

A startling reversal Thursday regarding the University of Montana’s asbestos-contaminated McGill Hall: “We’re anticipating occupational work, reentry into the building sometime next week,” says Certified Industrial Hygienist Scott Rogers. 

McGill Hall at the University of Montana.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

A campuswide meeting to discuss the decision to abruptly close a busy University of Montana building for the rest of spring semester was peppered with flashes of anger, anxiety and even moments of empathy Friday.

University Of Montana Dean Files Employment Grievance

Nov 19, 2018
University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — University of Montana Dean of Students Rhondie Voorhees has filed an employment grievance against the institution after being asked to depart the university in August.

The Missoulian reports Voorhees, in an email to the university late last week about a Missoulian records request, made reference to her "grievance complaint and upcoming hearing." 

The organizer of the conference that’s bringing former Presidential Adviser Steve Bannon to speak on the University of Montana campus says Bannon has credibility with those coming to the conference.

Adrian Cheok organized the International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, which happens at UM December 10 through the 14. It covers research topics like virtual reality and gaming technologies.

The University of Montana campus, Missoula, MT.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

The University of Montana has completed its fall-semester census and reports a steeper-than-expected enrollment decline.

Earlier this month UM anticipated a roughly 5 percent enrollment drop this fall compared to last. On Friday, it reported 10,962 students – a decline of almost 8 percent.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham

Several significant developments unfolded today at the University of Montana. MTPR's Edward O’Brien reports on two administrative departures and the announcement of an overall campus reorganization.

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar says the reorganization is designed to place a greater emphasis on student success and enrollment.

The University of Montana campus, Missoula, MT.
Josh Burnham / MTPR


The University of Montana released its fall enrollment numbers Wednesday, and the incoming freshman class is bigger than last year's at this time - by 24 students.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

The University of Montana’s faculty union is accusing UM’s administration of violating its own policies regarding hiring contracts for campus lecturers.

The University faculty union filed a formal grievance Thursday against UM for how it’s handling non-tenured faculty. Union spokesperson Lee Banville says at least 34 lecturers received notification from the University that they will not be rehired for spring semester 2018, despite signing an annual contract.

Antonio Moresette addresses a crowd of demonstrators at the University of Montana who want UM officials to limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities, Nov 16, 2016.
Edward O'Brian

The University of Montana is being asked to limit its cooperation with federal immigration authorities. But UM officials are in no hurry to comply with that request.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

In the midst of budget cuts and falling student enrollment, the University of Montana finally had some good news to spread today. 

Paula Short, a spokeswoman in the office of the president at UM said today is a "great day at the University of Montana. We are pleased to announce the largest single gift received at the University of Montana. In fact a $24 million pledge to benefit our College of Forestry and Conservation and our Global Leadership Initiative.”