Executive Director, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Announcement

January 7, 2020

To the campus community:

I am pleased to announce that, following an international search, Deena Mansour has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana effective Jan. 13, 2020.

Mansour has served as Interim Executive Director of the Mansfield Center since Dec. 1, 2018, and on the leadership team of the Mansfield Center since 2010. As Principal Investigator for more than $22 million in external funding to the Mansfield Center, her work has supported international exchange programs for more than 1,000 Montana and international students and professionals. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in international education, she has collaborated with the Department of State throughout mainland southeast Asia, and has lectured at a number of foreign universities, including Chiang Mai University, the National University of Laos, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, and Jilin University. Mansour teaches a freshman seminar for the Franke Global Leadership Initiative on Public Diplomacy, and co-teaches an honors course, The Art of Leadership. While her programmatic focus largely draws on her expertise in Asia, she has developed leadership programs across the globe, such as sports diplomacy programs for marginalized populations in Latin America. Mansour co-founded UM’s Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2015 and served as a Presidential Leadership Fellow for UM President Royce C. Engstrom. Among other activities, she serves on the President’s Lecture Series Committee and as an active supporter of Missoula County Public Schools, including on the Anti-Bias Training Committee.

Mansour’s vision for the Mansfield Center includes support for UM enrollment and internationalization goals by expanding programming across Montana, especially in secondary education; supporting international student recruitment; and expanding outreach on the ethical imperatives of leadership and public discourse. Mansour earned her MPA at UM and a BA in international relations and economics at American University. Past experience includes serving as a foreign service officer in public diplomacy, as marketing director for a Dow Jones community newspaper and developing exchange programs at the Institute of International Education. She has worked or studied in nearly 40 countries, and has studied Indonesian, Arabic, and French.

I look forward to Mansour’s leadership as Executive Director of the Mansfield Center. Her passion for continuing the legacy of Maureen and Mike Mansfield will be an integral component of UM’s mission to nurture global citizens within the framework of a quality and accessible education. Please join me in congratulating Deena Mansour on this appointment!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank:

  • Tom DeLuca, dean of the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, for chairing this search;
  • the members of the search committee for their thoughtful work and recommendations;
  • Marcie Briggs and Tom McClintock, for their expertise and support to the search committee;
  • our colleagues in the Mansfield Center for their commitment during this transition.

Jon Harbor, Provost