UM Launches Effort to Redesign Missoula College, Extended Learning Offerings

April 18, 2018

MISSOULA – University of Montana officials announced April 18 the launch of a new effort to redesign how the University delivers its two-year, digital and extended learning opportunities.

UM President Seth Bodnar said this redesign, which also will include workforce and community training, will allow the University to offer its curriculum in a more coordinated fashion. This was one of the draft recommendations he announced in his “University of Montana Strategy for Distinction” (, which he delivered to the campus on Tuesday.

The search for the next dean of Missoula College will commence after the redesign and resulting recommendations are completed. Bodnar said Roger Maclean, the dean of UM’s School of Extended and Lifelong Learning, will serve as interim MC dean starting May 1. Maclean also will lead the redesign effort with UM faculty, staff, student and community stakeholders.

“The time has come to recognize the potential of Missoula College to become one of UM’s most distinctive colleges,” Bodnar said. “We invite everyone to join this effort to create a collaborative, coordinated new model that integrates Missoula College’s two-year mission with extended learning opportunities in significant, innovative ways.”

Former Missoula College Dean Shannon O’Brien stepped down at the end of 2017. Since then, MC employees Clint Reading and Vida Wilkinson have served as interim dean and interim associate dean. Bodnar said their expertise will be critical to Maclean as he moves the redesign process forward.


Contact: Paula Short, director of communications, UM Office of the President, 406-243-2311,