Alexander Blewett III School of Law Dean Search

Finalists visiting campus


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Feedback Welcome

The search committee welcomes feedback from the campus community on finalists for the School of Law dean. Please provide your feedback via this Qualtrics survey by 9 a.m. Friday, May 27.

Finalist Campus Visits

The Office of the Provost will host open forums for each finalist, consisting of a 5 minute introduction, a 20 minute presentation, and a question and answer session during the remaining time. Each open forum will be followed by a reception open to the campus community.

Note: Open forum recordings are available upon request to Hillary Stowell, Director of Academic Budgets and Personnel in the Office of the Provost.

 Emily Hughes:



For this position, we are seeking a dynamic and visionary academic with administrative and faculty experience who can lead the Blewett School of Law during an exciting and transitional time.  Given the momentum on campus, based on the priorities for action and Strategic Enrollment Planning, this is an opportune time to bring an experienced leader to the School of Law. As the only law school in Montana, with exceptional donor and alumni support, the Blewett School of Law is positioned for increased strength and growth. Let this serve as a charge to the search committee to bring in extraordinary candidates capable of building upon this strong foundation and realizing the Blewett School of Law’s potential.

The successful candidate must work collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals across campus and across the local and regional legal communities. They must continue the upward trend in Blewett School of Law enrollments as well as bar passage and placement rates. The dean must understand the unique role the Blewett School of Law plays within the fabric of the larger University as well as in the national legal landscape. And, they must have a vision for the future of the School of Law and the ability to reach out to alumni, donors, and other stakeholders and share that vision with them.

Search Committee

Suzanne Tilleman, Dean, College of Business and search committee chair

Charity Atteberry, Director of Student Services, Blewett School of Law, Staff Senate representative

Christina Barsky, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy

Ali Bovingdon, Legal Counsel, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Martin Burke, Blewett School of Law alumnus

Robert Carlson, Attorney, Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson, Blewett School of Law alumnus

Chance Carter, Blewett School of Law, MPA/JD student representative

Craig Cowie, Associate Professor and Director of the Blewett Consumer Law & Protection Program, Blewett School of Law

Jessica Fehr, Montana District Court Judge, Thirteenth Judicial District, Blewett School of Law alumnus

Elaine Gagliardi, Professor, Blewett School of Law

Benjamin Hursh, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Montana

Tara Jensen, Co-Director, Public Affairs and Operations, MT Budget & Policy Center, MPA alumnus

Anthony Johnstone, Helen and David Mason Professor & Affiliated Professor of Public Administration, Blewett School of Law

Sam Panarella, Professor, Blewett School of Law and Director, Max Baucus Institute

Kekek Stark, Assistant Professor, Blewett School of Law