MISSOULA ‒ U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has appointed University of Montana President Royce C. Engstrom to another two-year term on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council.
This council, composed of prominent university presidents and academic leaders, is charged with advising the secretary and senior leadership at the department on several key issues. Former secretary Janet Napolitano first appointed Engstrom to the newly created council in 2012.
The council underscores the department’s commitment to working with the academic community. In his role, Engstrom provides advice and recommendations on issues related to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges.
“It has been an honor to serve on this national council, and I appreciate that I was asked to participate for another two years,” Engstrom said. “Our paramount goal has been to keep the United States and its campuses as safe as possible.”
Engstrom became UM president in October 2010. Before that he served as UM provost and vice president for academic affairs for three years.
He came to Missoula in 2007 from the University of South Dakota, where he was a chemistry professor, chair of the chemistry department, vice president for research, Graduate School dean, and provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Born in Michigan, Engstrom grew up in Nebraska and received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.