Commissioners Update

Update from the Commissioner

The search for the next President of the University of Montana is yielding excellent candidates.  The presidential search advisory committee will identify by early September a number of finalists to advance to candidate forums and interviews to be held on campus later this fall.  Information about each candidate will be viewable on this website along with the schedule of events for public opportunities to meet and hear from the finalists.

The search advisory committee received 99 applications for UM’s top leadership post.  Committee members thoroughly reviewed all applications with respect to the applicants’ experience and qualifications for the position.  Rising to the top in the view of the committee were 13 applicants whose relative strengths and accomplishments distinguished them as potentially strong presidential material.  From this group of 13 the search advisory committee will identify and bring to campus a smaller number of finalists to meet the university community.  The finalist visits are expected to take place in mid to late September.

The search has progressed through this chronology as follows:

  • Public listening sessions in December 2016 and UM stakeholder meetings in February / March 2017 to identify desired qualities and characteristics of a successful UM President.
  • National advertising of the job opportunity beginning in April 2017 in the nation’s top college and university recruiting publications (e.g., Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Women in Higher Education, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education).
  • In conjunction with the advertisements noted above, search leaders publicized the job opportunity with more than 40 educational and business associations (e.g., Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, National Indian Education Association, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, Montana Chamber of Commerce, Montana Associated Technology Roundtable, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). 

The group of 13 applicants who are being considered for the finalist phase is a diverse group.  Nearly half are female, and there is additional diversity among them in terms of EEO/Affirmative Action protected-class categories.  Members of the search advisory committee are positively impressed by the high quality of relevant leadership experience these candidates bring to the process of recruiting UM’s next President.

Commissioner Clayton T. Christian, August 14, 2017



The advertisement for the next President of the University of Montana is posted nationally and is drawing positive attention.  In addition to the advertisement, the accompanying university prospectus provides potential candidates with great information about UM.  The prospectus is viewable elsewhere on this site or at this link:

Commissioner Christian, May 4th, 2017

Updated August 14, 2017