Engstrom Returns to the Classroom to Teach UM Honors, Chemistry Courses

June 16, 2017

MISSOULA – University of Montana students taking courses in chemistry or in the Davidson Honors College this fall may find that former UM President Royce Engstrom is their professor.

Engstrom will return to teaching for the first time since he left his position as provost at the University of South Dakota to become provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at UM in 2007.

“I am really enjoying reading chemistry again and preparing materials for my classes,” Engstrom said. “I am looking forward to teaching again.”

Prior to serving as UM’s 17th president, Engstrom served for three years as UM provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, a role that included the position of tenured full professor in the Department of Chemistry. It is common for academic administrators to be tenured members of faculty, and many choose to return to teaching when they no longer serve in an administrative capacity. As a full professor in UM’s Department of Chemistry, Engstrom’s annual salary will be $119,106.

Engstrom came to Montana from the University of South Dakota, where he served for 28 years in various positions, including assistant professor, chair of the chemistry department, graduate school dean, vice president for research and provost. He has 20 years of teaching experience.

Since he stepped down as UM president, Engstrom has been busy serving in other executive capacities. Later this month, he will complete his term as a commissioner of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. He is active in performing accreditation visits at various universities, and he serves on the executive board as treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In May, Engstrom delivered the address for the University of South Dakota’s 130th annual spring Commencement.

Engstrom said he looks forward to the vibrant activity on campus when students return in the fall.

“Mary and I love the University of Montana and we love Missoula,” he said. “We’re happy to stay here and continue to make Missoula our home.”


Contact: Paula Short, director of communications, UM Office of the President, 406-243-5806, paula.short@umontana.edu.