The University of Montana

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom. File Photo.
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom says he’s expanding his cabinet, in response to comments from — and dialogue with — people in recent weeks.

In the ongoing debate over budget problems at the University of Montana, at least one faculty member has suggested that state government could be doing more to help the school. Late last month Biomedical and Pharmacy Professor Doug Coffin said Governor Steve Bullock placed too much emphasis on having a budget surplus and should instead send some of that money to higher education. MTPR News Director Eric Whitney asked Governor Bullock about that when he visited our studios Monday.

Fiscal Year 2004, 2013, 2015 UM Employee FTE by employee classification
UM/Office of the President

In response to faculty criticism of his plan to cut 201 jobs at the University of Montana, school President Royce Engstrom today said it does not constitute an attack on the humanities or liberal arts.

Engstrom announced the job cuts November 17. He says they’re necessary following several years of declining enrollment at UM.

A sign seen at last week's meeting for faculty feedback on UM President Engstrom's plan to cut 201 jobs because of declining enrollment.
Eric Whitney

The majority of faculty and staff comments on proposed job cuts at the University of Montana are, “painful, fearful and anxious.”

That’s according to a summary of more than 120 emails that was sent to University President Royce Engstrom today.

University Hall at The University of Montana
Josh Burnham

A prominent University of Montana professor says that faculty needs to look outside campus for help in the face of a budget crisis that will cut 52 faculty jobs, and 149 University staff positions. UM President Royce Engstrom says the cuts are necessary because several years of declining enrollment mean the school is overstaffed for the approximately 11,000 full time students it now has.

A sign seen at last week's meeting for faculty feedback on UM President Engstrom's plan to cut 201 jobs because of declining enrollment.
Eric Whitney

Today is the deadline University of Montana President Royce Engstrom has set for public comments on his proposal to cut 201 jobs because of declining enrollment. Those comments are due at 5:00 p.m. But last night, the UM Faculty Senate met and voiced some of their concerns.

UM Police Preaching 'Run, Lock, Fight' In Case of Active Shooter
File photo (PD)

University of Montana Assistant Police Chief Ben Gladwin says if someone holds you at gunpoint and demands money or jewelry, it’s always best to just give them what they want.

University of Montana president Royce Engstrom says the school will lay off 27 employees by July
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana needs to cut 201 full-time jobs to make its expenses align with revenue.

UM President Royce Engstrom made that announcement this afternoon, saying the University needs to be “right-sized” to meet a declining number of students.

UM President Royce Engstrom said the University needs to be “right-sized” to meet a declining number of students.
Saxon Holbrook

UM President Royce Engstrom addressed the campus community today to talk about UM administration's plan for dealing with the budget deficit. Read the full text of Engstrom's speech here.

Hard As Nails
by Ken Von Eschen

Beaver Creek Road travels south out of Havre, Montana, and into the Bear Paw Mountains. This narrow, two-lane highway bisects a plain of wild sage brush; the soil too alkaline to raise wheat. The silver-gray sage is aromatic, herbal.  Too often, leaves are stained with blood sprayed from the lacerated arteries of a dying young man or woman who drove this narrow road too fast.

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