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December 11, 2012


Three final candidates for The University of Montana vice president of administration and finance position will visit campus in the next two weeks. Lon Whitaker, Michael Reid and Rob Gannon will conduct on-campus interviews and public forums during their visits.

The vice president for administration and finance oversees departments including the Adams Center, Business Services, Facilities Services, Montana Island Lodge, Human Resource Services, Public Safety, and Planning, Budget and Analysis. The office is responsible for all administrative and financial support activities within the University, as well as the campuses in Butte, Dillon and Helena.

The first candidate open forum, with Whitaker, is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the University Center Theater. The time and location of the open forums for the other candidates has not yet been announced, but Reid will visit campus Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 17-18, and Gannon will visit Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20-21. University faculty and staff, along with members of the community, are encouraged to attend the forums.

Whitaker currently is the vice president for finance and administration at Eastern Oregon University, and previously served five years as the vice president of business affairs at Salish Kootenai College. He also has worked as an accounting and business instructor at Helena College UM (formerly Helena College of Technology), and as an equity analyst and information systems auditor for the State of Montana. Whitaker holds an MBA from UM and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration/finance from Carroll College.

Reid is the vice president for finance and administration at Angelo State University in Texas. He also served as the vice president for finance and administration from 2004 to 2011 at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and from 2001 to 2004 at Pueblo Community College in Colorado. He has held other financial positions at Southern Utah University, Dixie State College and Utah State University. He holds both an MBA and bachelor’s degree in finance from Utah State University.

Gannon is the human resource manager for the Department of Transportation in King County, Wash. From 2003 to 2011, he served as the director of academic budgets and personnel at UM, and previously was the director of Human Resource Services and interim director of equal opportunity and affirmative action at the University. Prior to working at UM, Gannon held private-sector positions at Starbucks Coffee Co., and a Seattle law firm. He holds both a master’s of public administration and bachelor’s degree in English from UM. He also has completed Harvard Executive Education in negotiation and competitive decision-making and negotiating labor agreements.

Candidate resumes and campus-visit schedules can be viewed at For more information call the UM School of Business Administration Dean Larry Gianchetta, head of the search committee for the vice president, at 406-243-6195.





Contact: Larry Gianchetta, UM School of Business Administration dean and head of the search committee, 406-243-6195,