Seth Bodnar

New University of Montana President Announced

Seth Bodnar will become the 18th President of the University of Montana. Mr. Bodnar’s selection concludes a recruitment process which began with Board of Regents/OCHE listening sessions last December followed by an extensive, nationwide search. The process included campus visits, forums, and community events for four finalists.
I would like to thank the search committee for their dedication and the time they invested to thoroughly review applications, narrow to a list of semi-finalists and, ultimately, bring four distinguished individuals to campus to engage with our students, faculty, staff, stakeholders, and community members.
Additionally, thanks to each of you who participated in the search by submitting emails, completing surveys, and attending meetings and forums for each of the finalists. We heard your ideas, concerns, insights and hopes for the next leader of UM and we’re getting an extraordinary President as the result.
The official start date for the new President is January 1, 2018. Information will be forthcoming about the presidential transition and other pertinent details.
I look forward to this next chapter for the University of Montana.
Clayton T. Christian
Commissioner of Higher Education