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UM News
January 30, 2013


The University of Montana has hired Paulo Zagalo-Melo as the new director of the Office of International Programs. Zagalo-Melo will begin his new duties at UM in April.

Zagalo-Melo currently is the director of the Luso-American Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to joining the foundation in 2006, he served as the executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Portugal for a decade. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the Higher Institute of Languages and Administration in Lisbon, a master’s of public administration from Harvard University and a doctorate in political science from the Catholic University of Portugal.

“It is a great privilege and honor to have been selected to join UM’s Office of International Programs,” Zagalo-Melo said. “It is the nature of universities to be international, and UM’s leadership is well aware of this. UM plays an important role in promoting global changes by fostering knowledge creation and promoting mutual understanding, and I am delighted to take part in this exciting process.”

The OIP works to promote and support international education, research, scholarship, training and projects that serve the UM community.

For more information call the UM Office of the Provost at 406-243-4689 or email





Contact: UM Office of the Provost, 406-243-4689,