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April 23, 2013


After an extensive national search, The University of Montana will interview three finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The provost serves UM as chief academic officer, overseeing the University’s academic operations and efforts to promote student success. The position answers directly to UM President Royce Engstrom and serves on the president’s cabinet.

The three finalists are David Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.; Perry Brown, interim UM provost and former dean of UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation; and Dan O’Hair, interim senior vice provost at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

“We have narrowed the search to three incredibly competent individuals,” said Andrew Ware, chair of the search committee and UM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. “The candidates will interview with many sectors of campus over two days, and we invite everyone to learn more about them and provide us with feedback during the public forums.”

The schedule for the public forums is:

  • David Pittenger, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, Todd Building Room 203.
  • Perry Brown, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, University Center Theater.
  • Dan O’Hair, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 9, University Center Theater.

Pittenger has served as dean of Marshall University’s College of Liberal Arts since 2008, overseeing 13 academic departments with 150 full-time faculty members. From 2000 to 2008, he worked at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, rising to the ranks of tenured psychology professor, department head and acting associate provost. From 1989 to 2000, he was an associate professor and served as psychology department chair at Marietta College in Ohio. He earned a psychology master’s degree from Texas A&M University and a psychology doctorate from the University of Georgia.

Brown has served as UM interim provost since 2010. He was UM interim associate provost for graduate education from 2008 to 2010 and dean of the University’s College of Forestry and Conservation from 1994 to 2010. He worked at Oregon State University from 1979 to 1994, serving as a resource management professor and department head, assistant dean and director of international programs, among other duties. Brown also worked as a faculty member at both Utah State University and Colorado State University. He earned a forestry recreation master’s degree and a doctorate in outdoor recreation and social psychology from Utah State.

O’Hair has been interim senior vice provost at the University of Kentucky since 2012. He also has served as dean of the UK College of Communication and Information since 2009. From 2006 to 2009, he directed the Center for Risk and Crisis Management at the University of Oklahoma, and he directed advanced programs for the OU communication department from 2000 to 2007. He was president of the National Communication Association in 2006. From 1994 to 2002, he served in various OU roles, including chair of the communication department and director of a U.S. Department of Defense joint course in communication. He held other administrative roles at Texas Tech University and New Mexico State from 1986 to 1994. He earned a speech communication master’s degree from Texas Tech and a communication doctorate from OU.  

For more information, email Ware at



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Contact: Andrew Ware, provost search committee chair, UM physics and astronomy professor, 406-243-6221,; Rebecca Power, UM assistant to the president, 406-243-2311,