University of Montana

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham

All four finalists vying to become the next president of the University of Montana have now wrapped up their campus visits. U.M.'s search for a new president started over a year ago when Royce Engstrom stepped down amid declining enrollment numbers. Since then a search committee made up of U.M. faculty,  staff, and students and community stakeholders has looked for Engstrom's replacement. Ninety- nine people applied for the job.

Missoulian reporter Keila Szpaller spoke with Montana Public Radio's Edward O'Brien about the search.

The last of four finalists in the University of Montana search for a new president addressed the school in an open forum today. Charles "Chuck" Ambrose, currently the president of the University of Central Missouri (UCM), took questions about student debt, socially conscious investments, campus sexual assault, and more.

UM President Candidate Seth Bodnar at the UC Theater Sept. 22, 2017
Matt Blois

The third of four finalists to be the next president of the University of Montana, Seth Bodnar, spoke to, and took questions from, a packed house at the U-C theater this afternoon.

"I’m in the people development business," Bodnar said. "My passion, my purpose, my energy in life has come from working with helping to develop teams, and helping people to reach their full potential."

Andrew Feinstein, candidate for UM president before speaking at a campus Q & A at UM September 20, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The second finalist in the search for the University of Montana’s next president got his chance to speak with the campus community Wednesday in an open forum held at the UC Theater at UM.

Andrew Hale Feinstein is currently the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at San Jose State, a large public university in California. He’s had an 18 year career in higher education, and was in the hospitality industry before that.

Mirta Martin, candidate for UM President speaks during a campus visit September 18, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana has narrowed its search for president down to four candidates. The finalists are on campus this week and Monday, visiting with faculty and students and sharing their vision for the institution, which is facing enrollment challenges.

Mirta Martin was the first prospective president to participate in an open forum held at the UC Theater Monday afternoon.