University of Montana

University of Montana's Main Hall.
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A faculty spokesman says he’s optimistic about the new University of Montana President.

Late this afternoon Seth Bodnar was named to the post and will take office, starting January first.

Bodnar is a Rhodes scholar with two masters degrees from Oxford University and currently an executive at General Electric. He is a West Point Graduate who also taught there and was chosen over three other finalists.

Lee Banville, the University Faculty Association’s spokesman, says the union is optimistic and this could be a new era for UM.

UM President Candidate Seth Bodnar at the UC Theater Sept. 22, 2017
Matt Blois

Montana’s Commissioner of Higher Education late this afternoon announced that Seth Bodnar will be the new president of the University of Montana, starting January 1, 2018.

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


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

All four finalists vying to become the next president of the University of Montana have now wrapped up their campus visits. U.M.'s search for a new president started over a year ago when Royce Engstrom stepped down amid declining enrollment numbers. Since then a search committee made up of U.M. faculty,  staff, and students and community stakeholders has looked for Engstrom's replacement. Ninety- nine people applied for the job.

Missoulian reporter Keila Szpaller spoke with Montana Public Radio's Edward O'Brien about the search.

The last of four finalists in the University of Montana search for a new president addressed the school in an open forum today. Charles "Chuck" Ambrose, currently the president of the University of Central Missouri (UCM), took questions about student debt, socially conscious investments, campus sexual assault, and more.