UM Hires New VP for Enrollment, Student Affairs

April 29, 2016

Thomas CradyMISSOULA – The University of Montana has hired a new vice president for enrollment and student affairs.

Thomas Crady, vice president for enrollment management at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, will start his new duties at UM this summer. He will succeed Vice President for Student Affairs Teresa Branch, who will retire this spring after 13 years of service to UM.

“We conducted a rigorous national search, and Dr. Crady offered the right combination of outstanding experience in both enrollment management and student affairs management,” UM President Royce Engstrom said. “I am excited to add him to our team.”

UM’s vice president for enrollment management and student affairs will oversee enrollment management functions, student support and advocacy areas, and auxiliary operations. Responsibilities range from developing effective strategies to help UM recruit and retain students to overseeing the offices currently in the Division of Student Affairs. That sector includes operations such as Campus Recreation, Curry Health Center, Residence Life, UM Dining and offices that serve veterans, Native American students and students with disabilities.

Crady has served as vice president for enrollment management at Gustavus Adolphus College since 2010. He was dean of the college at Dartmouth College from 2008 to 2009. He worked at Grinnell College in Iowa from 1982 to 2007, serving in roles such as vice president for student services, acting dean of admissions and financial aid, and associate dean of student affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from Iowa State University.

“I’m honored to work for such a fine University,” Crady said. “I was very impressed with the dedicated faculty, staff and students I met with during my time on campus. The University is well positioned to continue to attract dedicated and talented students from Montana and beyond, and I’m thrilled about position and opportunities it offers.”


Contact: Peggy Kuhr, UM vice president for integrated communications, search committee co-chair, 406-243-2311,