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About Provost Brown

Provost Brown

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Perry Brown is the Chief Academic Officer for the University of Montana. The Provost's most important duty is oversight of the academic operations of the university. He ensures that UM continues to pursue academic excellence and promote student success.
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Organizational Chart

Click through the Office of the Provost organizational chart below to learn about how Academic Affairs is structured.

  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Perry J Brown
    • Associate Provost for Dynamic Learning Nathan Lindsay
      • Director Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center Mehrdad Kia
      • Director Faculty Development Office Amy Kinch
    • Academic Deans
    • Associate Provost for Global Century Education and Director of the Office of International Programs Paulo Zagalo-Melo
    • Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Sharon O'Hare
      • Director Financial Aid Kent McGowan
      • Interim Executive Director Office for Student Success Beth Howard
        • Undergraduate Advising Center
        • The Writing Center
        • Director TRiO Student Support Services Darlene Samson
        • Interim Director TRiO Upward Bound Twila Old Coyote
      • Director Office of Admissions
    • Other Direct Reports
      • Assistant to the Provost Claudine Cellier
      • Director Bitterroot College Victoria Clark
      • Director of Academic Budgets and Personnel Beckie Christiaens
      • Director Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program Dane Scott
      • Director Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Abraham Kim
      • Director Montana Museum of Art and Culture Barbara Koostra
      • Interim Registrar Office of the Registrar Joseph Hickman
      • Special Assistant to the Provost for Native American and Indigenous Education Kathryn Shanley
      • Director Rural Institute Martin Blair

What does the Provost do?

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer and oversees initiatives related to:

All colleges and schools

The Provost oversees UM’s twelve colleges and schools and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library.

He also oversees a number of other academic entities including:

Academic policy

  • program review and accreditation
  • program assessment
  • revision of academic unit standards
  • curriculum modifications including the creation of new academic programs

Academic enrichment

opportunities for students:

Opportunities for faculty

  • international partnerships and exchanges
  • sabbatical assignment
  • professional development activities

Enrollment management & student success

  • recruitment of incoming undergraduate, transfer and graduate students
  • advising
  • tutoring
  • financial aid
  • graduate teaching and research assistantships
  • student support services

Academic events

  • Provost's Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
  • Academic Convocation
  • Celebrate Academics
  • Constitution Day

Institutional planning

The Provost chairs the University Planning Committee and participates in the budgeting, assessment and implementation aspects of the Planning-Assessment continuum.

Raising donor funds

The Provost collaborates with the University of Montana Foundation to raise donor funds for academic initiatives at UM.