UM Dining Hires New Director

January 24, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana recently selected Campbell “Camp” Howard as its new director of UM Dining. Howard will begin his new position on Monday, March 13. He will oversee UM Dining’s 25 campus food service locations, including residential and retail dining, UM Concessions, UM Catering and its full-service bakery.

Campbell “Camp” Howard (courtesy photo)

“With 19 years of collegiate food service administrative experience and an additional 11 years as an executive chef, Howard will continue UM Dining’s mission and commitment to providing UM students, faculty and staff with the most delicious, nutritious and sustainably sourced food available,” said Tom Crady, UM vice president for enrollment and student affairs. “A champion for sustainable business practices, Camp will continue to work collaboratively with campus and community partners to perpetuate and strengthen Missoula’s local food system.”

“UM Dining is an internationally award-winning and nationally recognized collegiate food service program,” said Mark LoParco, director of UM Dining who will retire at the end of spring semester. “The department has a proud tradition of implementing student-centered, feedback-based initiatives. Camp’s education, leadership experience and vision uniquely position him to continue UM Dining’s ranking as one of the premier collegiate food service programs in the country.”

LoParco’s retirement comes after 25 years of serving students.

Howard most recently served as the director of Campus Dining at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and has been a certified executive chef through the American Culinary Federation for much of his career.

“I am honored by the great opportunity to lead the UM Dining team and to continue providing excellent food and service to the University of Montana community with a department already held in high regard,” Howard said. “I look forward to working with the chefs, managers and administrators while demonstrating a holistic approach for food sourcing and an unbridled commitment in providing creative, exciting, wholesome food on campus.”

Howard will relocate to Missoula in March and looks forward to the opportunity to mountain bike, ski and fly-fish. His other hobbies include photography, cooking and riding a unicycle. 

Contact: Sam Belanger, UM Dining director of marketing, 406-243-5089,