Seth and Chelsea Bodnar

UM Announces 18th President


After a nationwide search, Seth Bodnar accepted the Montana University System’s
offer to be UM’s next president.

Bodnar comes to UM from Chicago, where he was a senior executive with General Electric. His varied background includes service in the 101st Airborne Division and the US Army’s First Special Forces Group, two years as an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point and a distinguished career at GE. His wife, Chelsea Elander, is a fifth-generation Montanan, a native of Missoula and an MSU graduate.

“As a flagship research and liberal arts institution, the University of Montana is extremely well-positioned to provide exactly the type of integrative education model that students need to be successful, educated and engaged citizens throughout their lifetimes,” Bodnar said. “I am incredibly excited to work with the faculty and the entire campus community in reinvigorating and
reasserting this model.”

Stay tuned for opportunities for alumni and friends to meet our new president this spring!