Center Staff

Larry Swanson is the Center Director and Scott Endowed Senior Fellow in Regional Economy.  Larry is a Ph.D. economist and regional scientist who has done hundreds of studies of local and area economies throughout the region and does continuing studies on conditions and trends shaping economic and population change throughout the region.

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William Farr is the Center’s Senior Fellow in Regional History.  He is a Ph.D. historian and UM History Professor Emeritus who focuses much of his work at the Center in researching and writing books on western regional and Native American history.

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Doug Lawrence is the Center’s Computing Coordinator and IT Specialist.  He has a Masters’ degree in computer science and programming and manages and maintains all of the Center’s web sites, computing systems, and data bases.

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Matthew Frank is the Center’s Fellow in Regional Journalism and managing editor of the Center’s web-based regional news service, Mountain West News.  Matthew also is an adjunct professor in the University of Montana School of Journalism.  He has an undergraduate degree in Masters’ degree in regional and environmental journalism.

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Clay Scott is a noted journalist and radio program producer who manages and produces Mountain West Voices – a longstanding series of radio programs and podcasts that highlight the lives of diverse people living in the diverse places throughout the region.

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Center Administrative Associate (position, previously held by Jill Kinyon, is currently unfilled and vacant)

Affiliates of the Center

George Dennison is UM President and History Professor Emeritus and an affiliated Center Senior Fellow.  After retiring as UM President in 2010 Dennison has been housed with the Center, doing some teaching at UM and mainly working on a book on the history of the University of Montana. He recently published the book called “Montana’s Pioneer Naturalist: Morton J. Elrod” – the University of Montana’s first professor of biology and founder of the Flathead Lake Biological Station. The book was published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Pat Williams is a former nine-term U.S. House of Representatives member from Montana. He continues to write on subjects of interest to Montanans and speak at a variety of meetings and conferences in the state and region.  Following his 18 years of service as a U.S. Congressman from Montana, Williams returned to Montana and the University, where he is now a Senior Fellow Emeritus.