UM Plans Virtual State of the University Address for Aug. 27

UM President Seth Bodnar speaks during the 2019 State of the University Address.

MISSOULA – Respecting the 2020 reality of coronavirus, University of Montana President Seth Bodnar will present an online version of his annual State of the University Address at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

UM employees, students and members of the general public are invited to watch the virtual event at

This annual address is a time-honored tradition that helps launch the academic year at UM. Members of the campus community hear directly from the president about the state of UM. The president also highlights successes and challenges, new employees are welcomed, and tenure and promotions are announced.

“There is no doubt we will have to continuously overcome COVID-19 challenges this semester, but our top priority is ensuring our students can continue their education,” Bodnar said.

Other speakers during the event will include campus leaders such as Acting Provost Reed Humphrey, Faculty Senate Chair Chris Palmer, Staff Senate Chair Charity Atteberry and Associated Students of UM President Taylor Gregory.


Contact: Dave Kuntz, UM director of strategic communications, 406-243-5659,