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Search For New UM President Begins With Listening Sessions

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom's last day is December 31, but the process of finding the next president is already underway.

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Sheila Stearns
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Interim UM President Sheila Stearns Prepared For Her Temporary Role

Wednesday evening, former Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns received a most unexpected call from current Commissioner Clayton Christian asking her to be the interim President of the University of Montana.

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UM President Asked To Step Down – State Headlines

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom will resign his office as of December 31, according to Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.

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Press Conference Announcing UM President Royce Engstrom Resignation

KGVO News received word just after 8:00 a.m. on Thursday on that UM President Royce Engstrom would be resigning from office as of December 31.

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Board of Regents Pleased With Supreme Court’s Krakauer Decision

The day after the Montana Supreme Court returned the matter of confidential student records being released to a best-selling author to the Lewis and Clark District Court, Associate Commissioner of Higher Education Kevin McRae said the Board of Regents was pleased with the decision.

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Montana Board of Regents Approves Three Major UM Expenditures

Board of Regents approves three major UM expenditures

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Montana Supreme Court To Hear Krakauer v Montana University System Arguments At MSU On Wednesday

The Montana Supreme Court continues its road trip across the state on Wednesday, as the high court will hear oral arguments in the case brought by author Jon Krakauer to force the University of Montana to disclose the records of a student charged with sexual assault.

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Montana Board of Regents – We Stand Behind UM President Royce Engstrom – Enrollment Not The Sole Issue

The Montana Board of Regents wrapped up a meeting this week in Dillon, and, according to Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education, Kevin McRae, they unanimously commended University of Montana President Royce Engstrom for his efforts to bring expenses in line with enrollment...

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Board of Regents Approves Raises for Faculty – Staff Despite Falling Enrollment [YouTube]

The Montana Board of Regents held a regularly scheduled meeting in Helena on Tuesday and approved all items on their agenda, including raises for faculty and staff at schools struggling with enrollment issues.

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University System Funding Tied to State Employee Pay Plan in Legislature [YouTube]

Whether or not tuition will remain frozen for university students in Montana depends on passage of a pay plan agreement with state employees.

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