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May 24, 2013

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has named its next provost and vice president for academic affairs. The University announced Friday that Perry Brown, UM interim provost since 2010, has been named to the post after an extensive national search.

The provost serves as the University’s No. 2 administrator. As chief academic officer, the position oversees UM academic operations and efforts to promote student success. The provost answers directly to UM President Royce Engstrom and serves on the president’s Cabinet.

“Perry has demonstrated clear and effective leadership during his time as interim provost and has been heavily involved in the design and implementation of our strategic plan and other important campus initiatives,” Engstrom said. “I am pleased to have him join the Cabinet on a permanent basis, and I know he will continue to help move UM forward.”

Before serving as provost, Brown 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.

“As the chief academic officer, it is a pleasure to focus attention on student success, on ensuring education for our current century and on building the most dynamic learning environment that we can provide,” Brown said. “It is a great pleasure to be able to work with so many talented faculty, staff and students at the University of Montana.”

Brown worked at Oregon State University from 1979 to 1994, serving as a resource management professor and department head, associate dean and director of international programs within the College of Forestry, among other duties. Brown also worked as a faculty member at both Utah State University and Colorado State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry and master’s and doctoral degrees in outdoor recreation and social psychology from Utah State.

 “I am excited to be able to continue the work that we began with the appointment of President Engstrom and the implementation of the UM strategic plan, ‘UM 2020: Building a University for the Global Century,’” Brown said.



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Contact: Perry Brown, UM provost and vice president for academic affairs, 406-243-4689,