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Sep 23 2010

ENGSTROM NAMED UM'S 17TH PRESIDENT


The University of Montana has its next president.

The state Board of Regents voted Thursday, Sept. 23, in Butte to approve the hiring of UM Provost Royce Engstrom to become the University’s 17th president. Engstrom will begin his new duties Oct. 15.

“I am excited and deeply honored to take on this responsibility,” Engstrom said. “The University of Montana is truly a special place. The four campuses enrich the lives of students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. The University is an engine of competitiveness for the state of Montana. I am ready, with the help of the campus community, to engage the challenges and embrace the opportunities the future holds.”

Engstrom has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at UM since 2007. He also is a chemistry professor. Born in Michigan and raised in Nebraska, he came to Montana after a national search from a provost position at the University of South Dakota.

He will replace President George M. Dennison, UM’s longest-serving president who led his alma mater for two decades.