The Provost is the chief academic officer for The University of Montana as well as a key member of the President's Cabinet, and his or her most important duty is oversight of the academic operations of the University. The Provost oversees many important functions on campus, including assessment of academic programs, curriculum changes, evaluation of faculty, the Provost's Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, and the New Faculty Orientation Program, among many others.

The search committee has selected three finalists for on-campus interviews:

Perry Brown

Dan O'Hair

David Pittenger

For more about each candidate, click his name.

Open Forums will be held with each finalist, one for faculty and one open to the entire campus. You will hear from each about his vision for UM's academic affairs and will have the chance to ask questions. Click here to download an evaluation form or click here to submit one online.

The schedule is as follows:

David Pittenger

Faculty Forum: Monday, April 29, 3:15-4:15 p.m. – Phyllis J. Washington Education Center, Room #123
Public Forum: Tuesday, April 30, 3:15-4:15 p.m. – Todd Building, Room #203

Perry Brown

Faculty Forum: Monday, May 6, 3:15-4:15 p.m. – Phyllis J. Washington Education Center, Room #123
Public Forum: Tuesday, May 7, 3:15-4:15 p.m. – UC Theater

Dan O’Hair

Faculty Forum: Wednesday, May 8, 3:15-4:15 p.m. – North Underground Lecture Hall
Public Forum: Thursday, May 9, 3:15-4:15 p.m. – UC Theater

The Search Committee asked for input from the UM community about what skills and characteristics were most valued in a good provost:

Communicative, listener, leadership, team player, decision maker

honesty, communication, listener, vision, integrity, leadership

research, faculty, students, programs, university

Search Committee:


Andrew Ware, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dave Beck, Past Chair, Faculty Senate

Becca Boslough, Senator, Associated Students of The University of Montana

Zach Brown, President, Associated Students of The University of Montana

Beckie Christiaens, Director, Academic Budgets and Personnel

Anne Delaney, Program Director for Radiologic Technology, Missoula College

Susan English, Community Member

Joe Fanguy, Director, Technology Transfer

Fern Glass, School of Music

Peggy Kuhr, Vice President for Integrated Communications

William Marcus, Director, Broadcast Media Center

Denise May, Disability Services for Students

Keith Parker, University Faculty Association

Liz Putnam, Chair-Elect, Faculty Senate

Dawn Ressel, Associate Vice President, Office of Planning, Budget, and Analysis

Irma Russell, Dean, School of Law

Sandy Schoonover, Director, Residence Life

Elizabeth Stearns-Sims, Assistant Student Services Dean

John Thunstrom, Assistant Chief Information Officer

Cindy Williams, Vice President, Development, The University of Montana Foundation

Administrative Support

Rebecca Power, Assistant to the President