James V. Koch - 1986-1990

James V. Koch

September 1986 - June 1990

"In the long run, the increased enrollment may be the most important thing I have done."


  • B.A., Illinois State University, 1964
  • Ph. D., Northwestern University, 1968

Accomplishments as President

Despite the brief length of his administration, Koch increased enrollment to near-record levels and launched a massive campaign to improve the University's image.  He traveled extensively to Montana communities promoting the University at more than 74 high schools.  During his administration, the number of student activities and participants increased dramatically.  Koch's legacy was his determination to improve the University's status, diversity, and enrollment.  He also worked proficiently to reform the University's financial structure and encouraged more funding from the Legislature.

Background History

After obtaining his Ph.D., Koch worked as a faculty member for several universities, including Illinois State University, California State University at Los Angeles, The University of Grenoble, Brown University, and The University of Hawaii.  In 1978, he became Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Rhode Island College.  He also served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ball State University before joining The University of Montana.

Following the Presidency

Koch resigned in 1990 to assume the presidency at Old Dominion University. He was named one of America's 100 most effective university presidents by an Exxon Foundation study. During the course of his career, he has published ten books and 100 articles in the field of economics.  Koch has also provided consulting services to various business firms, such as The World Bank, State Farm Insurance, and the National Football League Players Association.  His website is http://www.jamesvkoch.com/.


James V. Koch

Landmarks Erected

  • Kim Williams Linden Grove, 1987

Programs Established

  • University College
  • Department of Psychology
  • Courses in Japanese
  • Tourism and Recreation and Wilderness Institutes