Gladen Named Montana Ambassador Educator of the Year

April 27, 2017

UM's Paul Gladen

MISSOULA – Paul Gladen, director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana, recently was named Montana Ambassador Educator of the Year by Gov. Steve Bullock.

On April 24, Gov. Bullock announced the recipients of the 2017 Montana Ambassador Awards, which honor individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to economic development in Montana.

“His dedication to educating the next generation of entrepreneurs pervades everything he does,” Bullock said. ”Paul’s passion and drive have had considerable impact on hundreds of new and aspiring business owners in Montana.”

In addition to directing UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad, Gladen is co-founder of the Montana Code School and an adjunct faculty member at UM’s School of Business Administration.

“I’m greatly honored to receive this award and for its recognition of UM’s role in spurring entrepreneurship in Montana,” Gladen said. “Over the past three years, we’ve seen students from all disciplines empowered by entrepreneurial thinking and excited by the realization that they don’t need to leave the state to find meaningful work, but instead have the opportunity to create their own career path right here in Montana.”

“It’s an exciting time to be in Montana,” Bullock said. “Our economy is growing, wages are up, unemployment is down and businesses are creating good-paying jobs all across the state. I’m pleased to recognize this group of hard-working folks and am thankful for their dedication, service and efforts to ensure that Montana is one of the best places in the country to live, work, play, start a business and raise a family.”

The Montana Ambassadors is a volunteer, nonprofit organization of leaders in business, education, and local and state government with a common dedication to living and doing business in Montana and to furthering the best interests of the state.

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Contact: Paul Gladen, director, Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, 406-396-3534,