Montana Safe Schools Center at UM Appoints Interim Director

June 18, 2015

MISSOULA – The former executive director of the Montana Board of Crime Control has been appointed to lead the Montana Safe Schools Center at the University of Montana on an interim basis. A search for a permanent director is underway.

Brooke Marshall, Superior Court administrator for Thurston County, Washington, was hired to replace Matt Taylor, who led the MSSC from 2012 to 2015. Marshall has more than 15 years of experience as an executive manager of public agencies.

“I am thrilled to become part of the University of Montana and to work with our partners across the state and nation to create environments that ensure our children will thrive,” Marshall said.

In her current role, Marshall oversees the daily operations of the Thurston County Superior Court and an annual budget of $5.9 million. As executive director of the Montana Board of Crime Control, she administered a $7.5 million annual budget and worked closely with a board of directors, which included the state attorney general, Supreme Court administrator, tribal governments, local law enforcement agencies and other public representatives.

The Institute for Educational Research and Service, which houses the MSSC and is part of UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, has initiated a national search to fill the position permanently.

“Director Brooke Marshall not only knows the science of school safety, as a national expert she has contributed to the body of evidence of what works,” said IERS Director Rick van den Pol. “In Montana, schools are among the safest places a child can be. I am delighted Brooke is returning to Montana to make our schools even safer.”

Marshall also has experience in grant management specific to school safety, having administered and managed a nationally prominent safe schools and healthy students grant for the Oregon public school systems in Springfield and Eugene. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Oregon and her juris doctor degree at the University of Oregon School of Law.

“Brooke Marshall has the experience, expertise and heart for this vital work,” said Roberta Evans, dean of the PJW College of Education and Human Sciences. “She brings exemplary qualifications to our dynamic leadership team in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.”

“My mission is to serve our youth,” Marshall said. “By breaking down barriers, connecting people and using research and evidence-based programs, we can achieve this.”

MSSC was established in 2005 by the Montana Board of Regents and the Office of Public Instruction to ensure schools have the latest research-based safety tools. For more information visit http://iers.umt.edu/Montana_Safe_Schools_Center/

Contact: Rick van den Pol, UM Institute for Educational Research and Service, 406-243-6756, rick.vandenpol@mso.umt.edu; Roberta Evans, dean, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, roberta.evans@mso.umt.edu.