Finalist candidates for the post of provost at Montana University will begin visiting campus as of March 2018

Consultants working for AGB Search interviewed faculty, staff, and students about what they believe are qualities they would like to see in a provost.

AGB Search consultant Sally Mason explained the rather rapid deadline for selecting a provost as saying that UM new President Seth Bodnar needs to begin his term with a provost by his side.

Bodnar will take over as University President from current interim President Sheila Stearns. The former provost of the university, Perry Brown, officially retired as of June 2016.

The search for a new provost has been going on since Brown’s retirement but took a step back in December 2016 when Clayton Christian, the Higher Education Commissioner of Montana requested the former President of UM to hand over his post.

Commissioner Clayton tagged Bodnar, working as an executive at General Electric, to be the next President and lead UM into the future. Bodnar won universal approval from Montana’s Board of Regents.

A provost will provide crucial guidance and support to Bodnar

Bodnar possesses an impressive resume, being a Rhodes Scholar and having earned master’s degrees (two) from Oxford University.

Bodnar has stated that he wants a provost who is an experienced, qualified academician to partner up with.

Mason echoed his sentiments, stating that although Bodnar is the best man for the job he does not have much experience in the academic field, and requires a complementary partner who understands UM and how to lead it.

So far, several obligatory qualifications have been set by AGB Search: a candidate must be committed towards the concept of diversity and must have prior experience working with a doctoral granting institution.

Mason’s fellow consultant, Rod McDavis, said that if the right provost is found it will enable the university to really make a reputation for itself.


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