UM President Named to National Board of Directors

February 05, 2015

MISSOULA – University of Montana President Royce Engstrom was named to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities during its recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a great honor to serve on a national board of an organization committed to improving undergraduate education that comprises 1,300 member institutions,” Engstrom said. “I look forward to working with some of the best educators in higher education in the country.

“AAC&U thinks deeply about a 21st century education and is well-aligned with UM’s heritage as an institution grounded in the liberal arts and sciences.”

A complete listing of the AAC&U board of directors is online at

Engstrom is UM’s 17th president. He assumed his duties Oct. 15, 2010, after serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs for three years. He came to Missoula in 2007 from the University of South Dakota, where he served as professor and chair of chemistry, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, and provost and vice president for academic affairs.

As an educator and administrator, Engstrom has always focused on student engagement in and beyond the classroom. He was president of the national Council on Undergraduate Research and is an active proponent of UM’s Global Leadership Initiative.

Founded in 1915, AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. It functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to an education focused on outcomes critical for today’s students, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges. More information is online at

Contact: UM President’s Office, 406-243-2311, .